Etching, sheet 245 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼"). Trimmed to image and text; false margins added.
Young boy the tools of her trade of polishing boots; London architecture behind. One of a series of 'Cries of London' engraved by Joseph Wagner (1706-1780) after his teacher Jacopo Amigoni (c.1685-1752). Wagner and Amigoni worked in London in the 1730s, setting up a print studio which produced these prints and others after Amigoni, who was a successful painter of portraits, history paintings and decorative scenes for London houses. Some commissions were at the expense of Hogarth, who prevented Amigoni from obtaining a commission at St Bartholomew's Hospital by volunteering himself for the task. The British Museum's impression of this print has the Venetian privilege lettering 'C.P.E.S.' lower right, presumably showing that after first publishing the print in London (as here), Wagner took the plate back to Venice and continued to print impressions there.
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