Knives, Scissors, and Razors to Grind: 1795

Giovanni Vendramini

 
Knives, Scissors, and Razors to Grind: 1795
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

One of a series of engravings derived from a set of paintings by Francis Wheatley entitled The ‘Cries of London’, ‘’ Knives, Scissors and Razors to Grind” features a knife grinder in the process of sharpening a pair of scissors for an attractive lady. Wheatley’s 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.

They 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.

Image Details

Date
 
1795 AD - 1795 AD
Image Number
 
008697

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