Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China, Vintage Francis Wheatley Print

Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China is one of Francis Wheatley’s additions to the reoccurring Cries of London themes, where peddlers and hawkers, who made their living on the city streets, would advertise their wares with a musical shout or a melodic rhyme to attract the passers by. Between 1792 and 1795 Wheatley exhibited 14 paintings at the Royal Academy. They attracted a lot of attention so Colnaghi & Company produced a series of engravings made after Wheatley's famous series. Thirteen out of the fourteen paintings were engraved and were offered for sale individually or in a portfolio collection.

This lovely vintage print, Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China, is plate three in Francis Wheatley’s series and depicts hawkers selling their oranges and lemons in the streets of eighteenth century London. This plate was engraved by one of the most noted, Italian engravers, Luigi Schiavonetti, who specialized in reproducing etchings of paintings by artists such as Vandyck and Michelangelo. Wheatley and Schiavonetti are credited at the bottom of the print. It also states the title, Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China and includes the series, Cries of London Pate 3rd with information about the publisher, “London Pub’as the Act Directs July 1791 Colnaghi & Co N° 132 Pall Mall”. This vintage print has been professionally matted and framed by The F. H. Bresler Fine Arts Company in Milwaukee, WI, and measures, 22.75” H X 18.00” W X 00.75” D, including the frame. Sweet China Oranges, Sweet China is a wonderful piece of art history and would make a lovely addition to any setting.

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Fine Art
Antiques (approx100yrs)
(Width x Height X Depth)
18.00 x 22.75 x
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