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Title:  Cries of London No: 3. Last dying speech & Confession.
Item Identifier:  Accession 2007.3.1
Work Type:  engravings
Creator:  Merke, engraver
Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827, English), artist
Date:  Feb. 20, 1799
Description:  Depiction of a woman selling a broadside, also known as a dying speech, on a street corner. Broadside in her hand reads "Last dying speech and confession of the unfortunate malefactors who were executed this morning".
Dimensions:  47.6 x 34.3 cm sheet; 36.2 x 30.2 plate mark
Associated Name:  Rudolph Ackermann, London, England, publisher
Topics:  broadsides; satire; crime
Materials/Techniques:  aquatint
Note:  General: Forms part of the Satiric Print collection.
Provenance: Purchase: ; Donald A. Heald ; Rare Books, Prints and Maps ; 124 East 74th Street ; New York, New York 10021
Subject: From George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum Vol. VII, 9476: ; The "Cries of London" was a reoccurring theme in English printmaking for over three centuries. These colorful prints form a visual record of London's "lower orders", the peddlers, charlatans, street hawkers, milkmaids, and grocers who made their living on the city streets. One of the most famous series of "London Cries" is the group of pictures executed by Francis Wheatley. The popularity of this series may have inspired Rowlandson to execute his satirical version of the "Cries". This print possibly parodies Wheatley's "A New Love Song".
Repository:  Harvard Law School Library
Record Identifier: olvwork372820

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