Lovely stipple engraving entitled CRIES of LONDON Knives Scissors and Razors to Grind by Italian engraver active in London Giovanni Vendramini (1769–1839), after British painter Francis Wheatley (1747–1801). Inscription on the page reads as follows:
CRIES of LONDON
Knives Scissors and Razors to Grind
Couteaux Ciseaux Rasoirs a repasser
F. Wheatly R. A. Pinxt.
G. Vendramini, Sculpt.
We have seen another copy of this stipple engraving dated 1795 at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.
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.
In very good used condition, mounted on board, with toning consistent with age and small imperfections to mat and frame as shown. We have Wheatley's CRIES of LONDON plates eight and ten listed separately as a pair. We also have three rare, 18th C. Cryes of London copper engravings by John Savage after Marcellus Laroon II published by Pierce Tempest listed as a set and separately. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 22 3/4" by 18 3/8" approximately.
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