Artist Francis Wheatley RA /Engraver Edward Stodart
Francis Wheatley exhibited his series of oil paintings entitled the "Cries of London" at the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1795. Two year earlier, the forty-one year old painter had been elected to the Academy in preference to the King's nominee and, as a consequence, he never secured any further commissions for portraits from the aristocracy. Losing his income entirely, what should have been the crowning glory of his career was its unravelling -- Wheatley was declared insolvent in 1793 and struggled to make a living until his death in 1801, when the Royal Academy paid his funeral expenses.
Yet in the midst of this turmoil, Wheatley created these sublime images of street sellers that -- although seen at the time as of little consequence beside his aristocratic portraits -- are now the works upon which his reputation rests. Born in Covent Garden in 1747, Wheatley was ideally qualified to portray these hawkers because he grew up amongst them and their cries, echoing in the streets around the market. This print is "Fresh Gathered Peas, Young Hastings". Published by the Museum Street Gallery in 1918.
The engraving "Pure Mezzotint" for this published print (on paper) was by famous English engraver Edward Stodart (1879-1929) and is signed by him in pencil (extending past picture line) along with water stamp believed to be that by publisher. Ref# TO. 7 1 . So, early 1920 print.
We left the original frame to retain the publisher label on the back. The glass and matte are new. The original glass had a matte area using the same paint as the frame and had chipped off, however no damage to print. Art size 7x5.5 inches on paper size 12 x 9.5 inches $500 obo
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