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The New Cries Of London, 1803

September 26, 2012
by the gentle author

This battered little chapbook of 1803 with its intricate hand-tinted engravings of street-sellers – that I found in the Bishopsgate Library – is the latest wonder to be uncovered in my investigation into popular prints of The Cries of London down through the ages. Even within the convention of these images, each artist brought something different and these plates are distinguished by their finely drawn figures – including some unexpected grotesques that appear to have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, imparting an air of mystery to these everyday scenes of street trading.

Milk below!

New Mackerel!

Dust Ho!

Chairs to mend!

Hot cross buns!

Any work for the tinker?

Cherries, threepence a pound!

Flowers for your garden!

Green cucumber!

Buy my watercress!

Sweep! Sweep!

Ground Ivy!

Green hastings!

Scarlet strawberries!


Past ten o’clock!

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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

London Characters

Geoffrey Fletcher’s Pavement Pounders

Faulkner’s Street Cries

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

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’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

Adam Dant’s  New Cries of Spittlefields

Victorian Tradesmen Scraps

Cries of London Scraps

8 Responses leave one →
  1. Teresa Stokes permalink
    September 26, 2012

    I love the way he incorporates a mongrel dog into most of the pictures.

  2. September 26, 2012

    What were ‘Green Hastings’?

  3. the gentle author permalink*
    September 26, 2012

    Green hastings were fresh peas in their pods.

  4. September 26, 2012

    These are stunning, very evocative.

  5. September 26, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love the creator’s style and use of colour.

  6. Steven Gillan permalink
    September 27, 2012

    Thanks again for another splendid find. Between these “Cries of London” and the Trades Cards. I’m always delighted.

  7. Alix Nathan permalink
    September 27, 2012

    What a delightful set. Books of London cries were always popular and eventually in the late nineteenth century became self-consciously archaic. These still look like the real thing. Is there an author or at least an artist for this set?

  8. March 31, 2015

    I love these! Thank you! I have a copy of the “olde chairs to mend” but it is a newer version one of my aunts who lived in London sent me….

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