Street cries were once a popular subject of songs and literature in Britain, continental Europe and elsewhere. Each month from 2018 onwards I'll be scanning and transcribing publications to build this collection.
These plates were originally produced for S. & J. Fuller’s ‘Temple of Fancy’ in Rathbone Place in 1812. According to the National Portrait Gallery’s index of British artists’ supplies, the Temple opened in 1809 and early on addressed the market for genteel products for wealthy women. It quickly grew into one of the leading print publishing houses of early 19th-century London. The plates were reproduced in an 1883 edition of Andrew White Tuer’s ‘London Cries’.