Cries Of London Woodcuts
Alongside celebrated artists who drew Cries of London - Marcellus Laroon, Francis Wheatley, William Marshall Craig & John Thomas Smith – there is a parallel tradition of works by anonymous engravers who created sets of Cries for publication in broadsheets and chapbooks that were never going to find their way into frames on the parlour wall.
These anonymous works reveal acute observation and possess a vigorous graphic quality which is just as appealing as their more celebrated counterparts and sometimes more effective in communicating the drama of the street. This series which I came across in the Bishopsgate Institute this week while seeking images for my forthcoming book on the Cries of London is a fine example.
Knives to Grind!
Flowers, All A-Blowing!
Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute
Accompanying my book of Cries of London published on 12th November, Bishopsgate Institute is staging a festival around the history and politics of markets and street trading, and Spitalfields Music is opening its Winter Festival with a concert of Cries of London by Fretwork on 4th December at Shoreditch Church.
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