Fresh Gathered Peas young Hastings.Pois ramés Pois Nouveaux ecorces. Cries of London Plate 7th.
London Pub.d as the Act Directs, Jan.1. 1795, by Colnaghi & Co. No.132 Pall Mall.
Stipple, printed in sepia, with very large margins. 420 x 330mm (16½ x 13").
A man pours a bushel of peas into a woman's apron, a young girl with a dog helping. 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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