Pierce Tempest after Marcellus Lauron
Cries of London
6.25 x 9.75 inches
A group of six charming etchings by Pierce Tempest published in London in 1711.
Each plate depicts a different lady, each in turn representing a distinctive "Cry of London". These women (and men) were a common sight in C17th and C18th London and their arrival in an area would be eagerly anticipated. Many sold essential household items such as candle wax and soap but others, often dressed in a more coquettish manner, would ply more exciting wares such as exotic fruits or prophylactics for the amorously inclined.
£875 Group of 6