Old Chair to Mend: 1795
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actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Old Chair to Mend: 1795

Francis Wheatley

© Museum of London

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One of a series of engravings derived from a set of paintings by Francis Wheatley entitled The Cries of London, Chairs to Mend! It features a street trader mending a chair. Wheatleys paintings of the Cries were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1795 and were extremely popular. As the paintings attracted a large amount of attention Colnaghi agreed to publish a set of engravings, of which this is one.

These drawings portrayed a range of idealised street vendors selling a range of goods including primroses, milk, oranges, matches, mackerel, cherries and peas and highlight the fact that these street sellers advertised their goods with a musical shout or a melodic rhyme. They present a sanitised view of the London streets and through their frequent reproduction are in part responsible for the persistence of this romanticised view life on the London streets.




1795 AD - 1795 AD

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