Cries of London
This exhibition, curated by The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life, features fine examples of Cries of London from Bishopsgate Institute's archive. The exhibition can be visited during Institute opening hours from 2 November 2015 - 29 January 2016.
Hawker selling ‘Hair Brooms’ outside Shoreditch Church from William Marshall Craig’s 'Itinerant Traders of London in their Ordinary Costume', 1804 (London Collection, Bishopsgate Institute Archive)
For centuries, those who had no other means of income could sell wares in the street and, by turning their presence into a performance through song, they won the hearts of generations and came to embody the spirit of London itself. These hawkers inspired many artists, including Marcellus Laroon (1653-1702), Francis Wheatley (1747-1801), William Marshall Craig (died 1827) and John Thomas Smith (1766-1833), to create series of portraits known as the ‘Cries of London.’
This exhibition will highlight some of the most significant examples of these remarkable prints.
See also the accompanying talks & tours
programme including a talk
by The Gentle Author on the Cries of London.
Free admission; no advance booking required.