Strawberrys Scarlet Strawberrys. Fraises, fraises, mes belles fraises.Cries of London. Plate 9th.
London Pub.d as the Act directs June 25th 1795 by Colnaghi & Co. No.132 Pall Mall.
Stipple printed in colours with colour added by hand. 418 x 322mm. 16½ x 12¾". Trimmed.
A strawberry seller, standing with a basket balanced on her head, in Covent Garden; behind her two horses and a cart, and two chairmen resting beside their sedan chair to right. This is one of thirteen plates in Wheatley’s ‘Cries of London’, the most famous version of a popular theme in English printmaking. The shouts and songs of the street traders advertising their wares were a part of city life and inspired a number of artists of different styles, from these idealised scenes to the more raucous caricatures drawn by Rowlandson. Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) exhibited fourteen painted ‘Cries’ at the Royal Academy between 1792-5, with enough success for Colnaghi to commission some of the best engravers in England, including brothers Luigi and Niccolo Schiavonetti, Giovanni Vendramini & Thomas Gaugain to reproduce thirteen of the series in stipple. These were available as separate prints or as a set and were a great success (even abroad, as denoted by the French version of the titles), and have remained popular to this day.
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