Monday, May 27, 2013

Women in Street Clothes in 1640 London


If you were about to sail across the Atlantic for the British American colonies from 1640 London, these are a few street vendors you may have encountered on the way to the wharf.  Diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was interested in the street vendors depicted in a variety of Cries of London images.  He collected these prints which still exist in his library, some 3,000 volumes, preserved at Cambridge. These images are believed to date from aroung 1640.  Pepys described them as “A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use.”

1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Cheese and Cream


 1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Artichokes


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Flounders


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Hot Codlinges


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Kitchen Stuff


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Mackerel


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Mussels


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Onions


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Oranges and Lemons


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Radishes and Lettuce


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Smelts


1640 Samuel Pepys A later Sett, in Wood – with the Words also then in use. Strings and Buttons


1666 Samuel Pepys 1633-1703 painted by John Hays 1600-1679