These small prints are a true delight, and so beautifully done. Their publication date is 1807, and I can't find anything--in a quick Google search--on Pryn and Nattes publishers. The subjects are wonderful--costermongers, or street pedlars. Every day scenes, and toys are some of the wonderful things they're selling. As a doll/toy collector myself, I can greatly appreciate. (Nope. Can't keep it all--try as I may). I love the print where the girl is holding the toy windmill. You just know that when she pulls that string on the bottom, the windmill's sails would turn round and round.
These prints have been framed in a later time than 1807, I just can't say when. The paper backing might date it, as the nails, to those who know. Certainly no earlier than the late 19th century. The frames are of a simple light walnut and appear old. They're in good condition. The hanging wires are intact, but the paper on the back is tattered. I thought to replace it but then I wasn't sure I should; thus alter originality. It has always been popular--from the 18th c on-- for framing companies to frame antique prints, plates, paintings and maps and sell them to decorators or decorator shops. They did so all the way up to the 1960s, and probably still do it today.
Each print is a different size, as you can see, so as to make a nice grouping. The long one is 12" x 5". The next largest size is 7" x 5" and the smallest is 6" x 5". Very classic and truly antique prints that would enhances a small corner of an elegant setting. Thank you for checking in.
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