The Jew as Other: A Century of English Caricatures 1730-1830

The London Cries

London, August 1, 1805
Published by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street
Drypoint engraving, hand-colored with water color, letterpress type
[23.9 x 29.5 cm]

Jewish peddlers were often included in popular series of prints depicting the street trades of London. The most well known of these was L. Schiavonetti's stipple engraving of a Jewish orange vendor, based upon Francis Wheatley's series of paintings, The Cries of London (1794) [See Mary Webster, Francis Wheatley (1970), no. E103]. However, the most familiar of Jewish street cries was that of Old Clo', old clo'. In The London Cries, the bearded figure to the right of the print, leaning over the railings and carrying a sack, appears to be an Ashkenazic old-clothes dealer. The exact location of the scene remains unspecified, though the spire in the background may be St. Martin's-in-the-Fields (alongside present-day Trafalgar Square). This suggests that the setting is nearby Covent-Garden, the traditional site of one of the most famous of London's street markets.