Genre, Agriculture, Milk
Milk. - "Milk below Maids"
Stopple copper engraving by Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810)
After the painting by Francis Wheatley (1747-1801)
Published in the series by Wheatley called "The Cries of London"
Original antique print
This print is one of the famous series of door to door sales women and men
"Cries of London" meaning that they yelled the sales product, so that the housewife would notice that the vendors of milk, bread, flowers, vegetables, the scissors grinder, etc was out on the street.
Print is trimmed. Narrow margin. Some minor traces of age and use.
36 x 28,2 cm (ca. 14.2 x 11")
Wheatley born at Wild Court, Covent Garden, London, studied at William Shipley's drawing school. He assisted in the decoration of Vauxhall, and aided John Hamilton Mortimer in painting a ceiling for Lord Melbourne at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.
The 12 titles include “Milk below maids; Two bunches a penny primroses; Sweet China oranges; Do you want any matches?; New mackerel; Knives, scissors and razors to grind; Fresh gathered peas young hastings; Round and sound, five pence a pound duke cherries; Strawberrys scarlet strawberrys; Old chairs to mend; A new love song only ha’penny a piece; Hot spice gingerbread smoaking hot!”
peddlers, charlatans, street hawkers, milkmaids, and grocers who made their living on the city streets.
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