Rare 18th C. Cryes of London set of three copper engravings by John Savage after Marcellus Laroon II published by Pierce Tempest. They depict London 17th Century itinerant vendors and other interesting characters and are printed on old Dutch laid paper. The first engraving (number four) has a Pro Patria, Maid of Dort watermark used by 18th Century Dutch paper makers. We have seen early Cryes of London numbered examples such as these in the collection of the British Museum which estimates their publication date as after 1709 and before 1750. Each engraving is inscribed with the names of the draughtsman, engraver and publisher and titled below the image in English, French and Italian as follows:
P. Tempest exc.
Pretty Maids Pretty Pinns Pretty Women
Belles & Bonnes Epingles a vendre
Spille grandi e picciole da vendere
New River Water
Qui veut de l'eau
Chi nuol acque di fiume
Buy any Wax or Wafers.
Cire d'Espagne, et oublies.
Ostie e cera spagna.
Marcellus Mauron the elder (1653–1702), also spelled Laroon or Lauron, was a Dutch painter and engraver active in London. He is best known for drawing the complete series of 74 figures for The Cryes of London, which were engraved by John Savage, and published by Pierce Tempest.
John Savage was a English engraver active in London between 1683 and 1701.
Pierce Tempest (1653–1717) was an English printseller. It is said that the portrait of a nonconformist minister, from the Cryes of London series, represents Tempest. He died in 1717 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Paul, Covent Garden.
They come matted and framed, ready to display. In very good used condition with full plate marks and good margins, toning, minor foxing and imperfections mostly around the margins as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 15 3/8" by 11 5/16" approximately.
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