Rare 18th C. Cryes of London copper engraving by John Savage after Marcellus Laroon II published by Pierce Tempest. It depicts a 17th Century London itinerant water vendor and is printed on old Dutch laid paper. We have seen early Cryes of London numbered examples such as this in the collection of the British Museum which estimates their publication date as after 1709 and before 1750. The 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.
New River Water
Qui veut de l'eau
Chi nuol acque di fiume
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.
It comes matted and framed, ready to display. Part of a set of three in matching frames listed separately and as a group. 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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