Lovely pair of antique color engravings from the series Cries of London (plates N° 8 and N°10). The complete series depicts thirteen different late 18th century London street vendors.
Inscription below the images reads as follows:
CRIES OF LONDON
Plate 10: Old Chairs to mend. / Vieilles chaises a rempailler. Painted by F. Wheatly R. A. / D'apres G. Vendramini
Plate 8: Round & Sound, Five pence a Pound Duke Cherries. /Cerises douces, Cerices a la douce, Cerise. Painted by F. Wheatly R. A. / D'apres A. Cardon
Francis WHEATLEY (1747-1801), also spelled Wheatley, a Covent Garden born artist, painted the original series London Cries which became enormously popular. He painted society portraits in Dublin until it was discovered that the lady that accompanied him, and was the model of many of his paintings (including the ones on which this series is based), was someone else's wife. His London Cries paintings quickly gained him entry into the Royal Academy to which he was admitted instead of the King's favorite. For this reason the aristocracy stopped patronizing his work and he ended up in debtor's prison. He died in poverty and his fellow academicians supported his wife until she died.
Giovanni, John VENDRAMINI (1769-1839)was an Italian engraver and excellent draughtsman with an English wife. He spent two years in Russia where he was so appreciated by the Russian Emperor and his court that Vendramini was denied a passport when he wanted to return to England. He eventually managed to escape disguised as a messenger, returned to England where, many years later, he died.
Anthony CARDON (1772-1813) was a Flemish engraver who moved to London where he specialized in stipple engraving.
In good used condition with toning and imperfections to frames as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 18 5/8" by 14 5/8"; Plate Marks: 15.9" by 11.8" approximately.