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'Fine Writing Ink', 1916.

'Fine Writing Ink', 1916.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 17cm x 32cm


'In the British Museum, there is a woodcut of about 1600, representing the seller of ink carrying a bunch of pens and his ink bottle slung on a stick. Below is the verse, 'Buy pens, pens, pens of the best, excellent pens and seconds the least; come buy good ink as black as jet, a varnish like glos on writing twill set.' Our 18th century ink seller carries a barrel, below which is slung his pint measure and funnel.' Number 16 in the 1916 series of 25 'Cries of London' cigarette cards isued by John Player & Sons. The images on these cards are based on a variety of 17th-18th century engravings that portrayed street traders hawking their wares. The most notable of these was the series 'The Cryes of London' drawn by Marcellus Laroon in 1687. However, many other series followed, such as the hand-coloured engravings produced in 1792-1796 by Francis Wheatley.

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