Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sharing the Harvest - 1640 Female Food Vendors on the Streets of 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. Oysters



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


2 comments:

  1. Hi
    Love the images of C17th English women ~ it's not often one sees depictions of everyday women about their daily work. I would like to share a link to this post from by blog on the family of William Penn and include an image from the post to encourage people to visit your site. Do let me know if this is OK with you.

    Kind regards,
    Jim McNeill

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  2. Of course, you may use them & a link would be great. Just putting your blog on my blog list here on this blog. Thanks. Barbara

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