Skip to content

Sam Syntax’s Cries Of London

January 18, 2014
by the gentle author

Harris, the publisher’s office, at the corner of St Paul’s Churchyard

As I discover more series of Cries of London in my ever-expanding investigation – such as these Sam Syntax Cries from the eighteen-twenties that came to light in the Bishopsgate Institute last week – old friends from earlier series return in new guises, evidencing the degree to which the creators of these popular prints plagiarised each other.

Do you recognise the Hot Cross Bun Seller from the New Cries Of London 1803 or Green Hasteds from Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London or the Watchman from T. L. Busby’s Costume Of The Lower Orders or the Hot Gingerbread Seller from William Marshall Craig’s Itinerant Traders? The recurrence of these figures demonstrates how common images of tradesmen became standardised through repetition over centuries.

Yet equally, when I see a trader here as particular as the toy lamb seller originally portrayed by John Thomas Smith in his Vagabondiana of 1815, it makes me wonder whether, perhaps, this was a portrait of a celebrated individual, a character once recognisable throughout the city.

Eels, Threepence a Pound! Live Eels! & Rabbits! Fresh Rabbits! Buy a Rabbit!

Milk Below, Maids! Milk Below! &  One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns!

Plum Pudding and Pies! Hot! Piping Hot! &  Sweep! Sweep Ho! Sweep!

Water Cresses! Buy My Nice Water Cresses! & Dust! Dust Ho! Dust!

Buy a Mat or a Hair Broom!  & Cat’s Meat or Dog’s Meat!

Chairs to Mend! Any Old Chairs To Mend! & Green and Young Hastings! Green and Buy!

Swords, Colours and Standards! & Sweet Briar and Nosegays, So Pretty Come and Buy!

Potatoes, Three Pounds A Penny! Potatoes! & Hot Spice Gingerbread! Hot! Hot! Hot!

Lobsters! Live Lobsters! All Alive, Lobsters! & Choice Banbury Cakes! Nice Banbury Cakes!

Lambs To Sell! Young Lambs To Sell! & Currants Red And White, A Penny A Pot!

Flounders! Jumping Alive! Fine Flounders! & Matches, Please To Want Any Matches, Ma’am!

Sixpence A Pottle, Fine Strawberries! & News! Great News In The London Gazette!

Past Twelve O’Clock and A Cloudy Morning! & Patrol! Patrol!

Buy A Live Goose! Buy A Live Goose! & Live Fowls! Live Fowls! Buy A Live Fowl!

Flowers Blowing! All A-Growing! & Winkles! A Penny A Pint, Periwinkles!

Images courtesy © Bishopsgate Institute

You may also like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

Faulkner’s Street Cries

Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

More Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

Kendrew’s Cries of London

London Characters

Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

William Craig Marshall’s Itinerant Traders

London Melodies

Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders

H.W.Petherick’s London Characters

John Thomson’s Street Life in London

Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries

Marcellus Laroon’s Cries of London

William Nicholson’s London Types

John Leighton’s London Cries

Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana II

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana III

Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

More of Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

Cries of London Scraps

New Cries of London 1803

Cries of London Snap Cards

Julius M Price’s London Types

Adam Dant’s  New Cries of Spittlefields

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    January 18, 2014

    Was the Dust Ho man offering to do dusting, or selling dust?

  2. January 18, 2014

    Wonderful engravings. And wonderful people from the past. Would like to shop there immediately!

    Love & Peace
    ACHIM

  3. Classof65 permalink
    January 18, 2014

    What is a hasting?

    Thank you in advance for the answer — I love these illustrations!

  4. Gary Arber permalink
    January 18, 2014

    The call of the street venders is a sound from the past that I miss.
    You could trace their progress along the streets from the diection the call came from.
    I can still hear in my memory the call of a rag man who walked the streets of Bow in the 1940′s pushing a cart and ringing a bell :-
    “Any old iron or lumbe-e-e-e-r – old rags”
    Gary

  5. Stephen Barker permalink
    January 18, 2014

    Does any one know what the ‘Green & Young Hastings’ are?

    Sarah, He could be selling brickdust which was used to clean metalwork, such as knife blades.

  6. the gentle author permalink*
    January 19, 2014

    Green Hastings were fresh green peas in the pod

  7. January 19, 2014

    Isn’t dust just rubbish? – as in dustbins and dustmen

  8. Stephen Barker permalink
    January 19, 2014

    Gentle Author, thank you for clearing up the question of what Green Hastings are.

    If you read Tobias Smollet’s novel ‘Humphrey Clinker’ and the passage where Squire Bramble denounces the quality of food in London, especially the milk from milkmaids you would never buy food from street vendors

  9. Classof65 permalink
    January 19, 2014

    Thank you, Gentle Author, for enlightening me regarding the hastings — none of my dictionaries included the word…

  10. PIKOTAROLDLUMBER permalink
    September 23, 2017

    Sam Syntax’s Cries Of London
    JANUARY 18, 2014
    by the gentle author

    Harris, the publisher’s office, at the corner of St Paul’s Churchyard

    As I discover more series of Cries of London in my ever-expanding investigation – such as these Sam Syntax Cries from the eighteen-twenties that came to light in the Bishopsgate Institute last week – old friends from earlier series return in new guises, evidencing the degree to which the creators of these popular prints plagiarised each other.

    Do you recognise the Hot Cross Bun Seller from the New Cries Of London 1803 or Green Hasteds from Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London or the Watchman from T. L. Busby’s Costume Of The Lower Orders or the Hot Gingerbread Seller from William Marshall Craig’s Itinerant Traders? The recurrence of these figures demonstrates how common images of tradesmen became standardised through repetition over centuries.

    Yet equally, when I see a trader here as particular as the toy lamb seller originally portrayed by John Thomas Smith in his Vagabondiana of 1815, it makes me wonder whether, perhaps, this was a portrait of a celebrated individual, a character once recognisable throughout the internet.

    I have some Eels, I have a Threepence! Uh! Live Eels! & Rabbits! Fresh POWER LEVEL? IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!

    Milk Below, Maids! Milk Below! & Maids, what does the scouter say about his power level?!

    Plum Pudding and Pies! Hot! Piping Hot! & Sweep! Sweep Ho! Sweep!

    Water Cresses! Buy My Nice Water Cresses! & Dust! Dust Ho! Dust!

    Buy a Mat or a Hair Broom! & Cat’s Meat or Dog’s Meat!

    Chairs to Mend! Any Old Chairs To Mend! & Green and Young Hastings! Green and Buy!

    Swords, Colours and Standards! & Sweet Briar and Nosegays, So Pretty Come and Buy!

    Potatoes, Three Pounds A Penny! Potatoes! & Hot Spice Gingerbread! Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Lobsters! Live Lobsters! All Alive, Lobsters! & Choice Banbury Cakes! Nice Banbury Cakes!

    Lambs To Sell! Young Lambs To Sell! & Currants Red And White, A Penny A Pot!

    Flounders! Jumping Alive! Fine Flounders! & Matches, Please To Want Any Matches, Ma’am!

    Sixpence A Pottle, Fine Strawberries! & News! Great News In The London Gazette!

    Past Twelve O’Clock and A Cloudy Morning! & Patrol! Patrol!

    Buy A Live Goose! Buy A Live Goose! & Live Fowls! Live Fowls! Buy A Live Fowl!

    Flowers Blowing! All A-Growing! & Winkles! A Penny A Pint, Periwinkles!

  11. Marinette Dustho-Ching permalink
    September 23, 2017

    Miraculouses, Threepence a Pound! Live Eels! & Kwami! Toy Kwami! Buy a Kwami!

    Milk Below, Tikki! Milk Below! & One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Buns!

    Plum Pudding and Pies! Hot! Piping Hot! & Sweep! Sweep Ho! Sweep!

    Water Cresses! Buy My Nice Water Cresses! & Dust! Dust Ho! Dust!

    Buy a Mat or a Hair Broom! & Cat’s Meat or Dog’s Meat!

    Chairs to Mend! Any Old Chairs To Mend! & Green and Young Hastings! Green and Buy!

    Swords, Colours and Standards! & Sweet Briar and Nosegays, So Pretty Come and Buy!

    Potatoes, Three Pounds A Penny! Potatoes! & Hot Spice Gingerbread! Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Lobsters! Live Lobsters! All Alive, Lobsters! & Choice Banbury Cakes! Nice Banbury Cakes!

    Lambs To Sell! Young Lambs To Sell! & Currants Red And White, A Penny A Pot!

    Flounders! Jumping Alive! Fine Flounders! & Matches, Please To Want Any Matches, Ma’am!

    Sixpence A Pottle, Fine Strawberries! & News! Great News In The London Gazette!

    Past Twelve O’Clock and A Cloudy Morning! & Miraculous! Simply the best! Patrolling to stop things going wrong!

    Buy A Live Goose! Buy A Live Goose! & Live Fowls! Live Fowls! Buy A Live Fowl!

    Flowers Blowing! All A-Growing! & Winkles! A Penny A Pint, Periwinkles!

    Images courtesy © Bishopsgate Institute

    You may also like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London

    John Player’s Cries of London

    More John Player’s Cries of London

    Faulkner’s Street Cries

    Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

    More Samuel Pepys’ Cries of London

    Kendrew’s Cries of London

    London Characters

    Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

    William Craig Marshall’s Itinerant Traders

    London Melodies

    Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders

    H.W.Petherick’s London Characters

    John Thomson’s Street Life in London

    Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries

    Marcellus Laroon’s Cries of London

    William Nicholson’s London Types

    John Leighton’s London Cries

    Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London

    John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817

    John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana II

    John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana III

    Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

    More of Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders

    Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

    Cries of London Scraps

    New Cries of London 1803

    Cries of London Snap Cards

    Julius M Price’s London Types

    Adam Dant’s New Cries of Spittlefields

    from → Past Life, Street Life
    9 Responses leave one →
    Sarah PERMALINK
    January 18, 2014
    Was the Dust Ho man offering to do dusting, or selling dust?
    Achim PERMALINK
    January 18, 2014
    Wonderful engravings. And wonderful people from the past. Would like to shop there immediately!
    Love & Peace
    ACHIM
    Classof65 PERMALINK
    January 18, 2014
    What is a hasting?
    Thank you in advance for the answer — I love these illustrations!
    Gary Arber PERMALINK
    January 18, 2014
    The call of the street venders is a sound from the past that I miss.
    You could trace their progress along the streets from the diection the call came from.
    I can still hear in my memory the call of a rag man who walked the streets of Bow in the 1940′s pushing a cart and ringing a bell :-
    “Any old iron or lumbe-e-e-e-r – old rags”
    Gary
    Stephen Barker PERMALINK
    January 18, 2014
    Does any one know what the ‘Green & Young Hastings’ are?
    Sarah, He could be selling brickdust which was used to clean metalwork, such as knife blades.
    the gentle author PERMALINK*
    January 19, 2014
    Green Hastings were fresh green peas in the pod
    Caroline Bottomley PERMALINK
    January 19, 2014
    Isn’t dust just rubbish? – as in dustbins and dustmen
    Stephen Barker PERMALINK
    January 19, 2014
    Gentle Author, thank you for clearing up the question of what Green Hastings are.
    If you read Tobias Smollet’s novel ‘Humphrey Clinker’ and the passage where Squire Bramble denounces the quality of food in London, especially the milk from milkmaids you would never buy food from street vendors
    Classof65 PERMALINK
    January 19, 2014
    Thank you, Gentle Author, for enlightening me regarding the hastings — none of my dictionaries included the word…
    PIKOTAROLDLUMBER PERMALINK
    September 23, 2017
    Please Note: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Sam Syntax’s Cries Of London
    JANUARY 18, 2014
    by the gentle author
    Harris, the publisher’s office, at the corner of St Paul’s Churchyard
    As I discover more series of Cries of London in my ever-expanding investigation – such as these Sam Syntax Cries from the eighteen-twenties that came to light in the Bishopsgate Institute last week – old friends from earlier series return in new guises, evidencing the degree to which the creators of these popular prints plagiarised each other.
    Do you recognise the Hot Cross Bun Seller from the New Cries Of London 1803 or Green Hasteds from Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London or the Watchman from T. L. Busby’s Costume Of The Lower Orders or the Hot Gingerbread Seller from William Marshall Craig’s Itinerant Traders? The recurrence of these figures demonstrates how common images of tradesmen became standardised through repetition over centuries.
    Yet equally, when I see a trader here as particular as the toy lamb seller originally portrayed by John Thomas Smith in his Vagabondiana of 1815, it makes me wonder whether, perhaps, this was a portrait of a celebrated individual, a character once recognisable throughout the internet.
    I have some Eels, I have a Threepence! Uh! Live Eels! & Rabbits! Fresh POWER LEVEL? IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!
    Milk Below, Maids! Milk Below! & Maids, what does the scouter say about his power level?!
    Plum Pudding and Pies! Hot! Piping Hot! & Sweep! Sweep Ho! Sweep!
    Water Cresses! Buy My Nice Water Cresses! & Dust! Dust Ho! Dust!
    Buy a Mat or a Hair Broom! & Cat’s Meat or Dog’s Meat!
    Chairs to Mend! Any Old Chairs To Mend! & Green and Young Hastings! Green and Buy!
    Swords, Colours and Standards! & Sweet Briar and Nosegays, So Pretty Come and Buy!
    Potatoes, Three Pounds A Penny! Potatoes! & Hot Spice Gingerbread! Hot! Hot! Hot!
    Lobsters! Live Lobsters! All Alive, Lobsters! & Choice Banbury Cakes! Nice Banbury Cakes!
    Lambs To Sell! Young Lambs To Sell! & Currants Red And White, A Penny A Pot!
    Flounders! Jumping Alive! Fine Flounders! & Matches, Please To Want Any Matches, Ma’am!
    Sixpence A Pottle, Fine Strawberries! & News! Great News In The London Gazette!
    Past Twelve O’Clock and A Cloudy Morning! & Patrol! Patrol!
    Buy A Live Goose! Buy A Live Goose! & Live Fowls! Live Fowls! Buy A Live Fowl!
    Flowers Blowing! All A-Growing! & Winkles! A Penny A Pint, Periwinkles!
    Leave a Reply

    Name: (required):

    TF2 MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIC
    Email: (required):

    natspongebob@gmail.com
    Website:

    Comment:

    Note: Comments may be edited. Your email address will never be published.

    Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

    Submit Comment
    STORIES
    There are more than 3,000 stories by The Gentle Author with 33,000 pictures to be found in the categories and archives on this site
    SUBSCRIBE
    Spitalfields Life daily email
    TWITTER
    @thegentleauthor
    CONTACT
    SpitalfieldsLife@gmail.com
    SEARCH

    type and press enter
    CATEGORIES
    Animal Life
    Criminal Life
    Culinary Life
    Cultural Life
    Human Life
    Literary Life
    Market Life
    Night Life
    Past Life
    Photo Life
    Plant Life
    Sex Life
    Spiritual Life
    Street Life
    ARCHIVES
    September 2017
    August 2017
    July 2017
    June 2017
    May 2017
    April 2017
    March 2017
    February 2017
    January 2017
    December 2016
    November 2016
    October 2016
    September 2016
    August 2016
    July 2016
    June 2016
    May 2016
    April 2016
    March 2016
    February 2016
    January 2016
    December 2015
    November 2015
    October 2015
    September 2015
    August 2015
    July 2015
    June 2015
    May 2015
    April 2015
    March 2015
    February 2015
    January 2015
    December 2014
    November 2014
    October 2014
    September 2014
    August 2014
    July 2014
    June 2014
    May 2014
    April 2014
    March 2014
    February 2014
    January 2014
    December 2013
    November 2013
    October 2013
    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013
    April 2013
    March 2013
    February 2013
    January 2013
    December 2012
    November 2012
    October 2012
    September 2012
    August 2012
    July 2012
    June 2012
    May 2012
    April 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011
    May 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    February 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    July 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    March 2010
    February 2010
    January 2010
    December 2009
    November 2009
    October 2009
    September 2009
    August 2009
    COPYRIGHT
    © Spitalfields Life 2009-17
    Unauthorized use or duplication of these words and pictures without written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Spitalfields Life with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Advertisement

  12. Dust DOMINATION permalink
    September 23, 2017

    THAT EEL’S A BLOODY SPY! & Rabbits! NEED A DISPENSER HERE!

    Milk Below, Maids! Milk Below! & Intruder Alert! Red Spy in Base!

    Plum Pudding and Pies! Hot! Piping Hot! & Sweep! Sweep Ho! Sweep!

    Water Cresses! Buy My Nice Water Cresses! & Dust! Dust Ho! Dust!

    Buy a Mat or a Hair Broom! & Cat’s Meat or Dog’s Meat!

    Chairs to Mend! Any Old Chairs To Mend! & Green and Young Hastings! Green and Buy!

    Swords, Colours and Standards! & Sweet Briar and Nosegays, So Pretty Come and Buy!

    Potatoes, Three Pounds A Penny! Potatoes! & Hot Spice Gingerbread! Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Lobsters! Live Lobsters! All Alive, Lobsters! & Choice Banbury Cakes! Nice Banbury Cakes!

    Lambs To Sell! Young Lambs To Sell! & Currants Red And White, A Penny A Pot!

    Flounders! Jumping Alive! Fine Flounders! & Matches, Please To Want Any Matches, Ma’am!

    Sixpence A Pottle, Fine Strawberries! & News! Great News In The London Gazette!

    Past Twelve O’Clock and A Cloudy Morning! & Patrol! Patrol!

    Buy A Live Goose! Buy A Live Goose! & Live Fowls! Live Fowls! Buy A Live Fowl!

    Flowers Blowing! All A-Growing! & Winkles! A Penny A Pint, Periwinkles!

Leave a Reply

Note: Comments may be edited. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS