Knives, Scissars, and Rotors to Grind

A work made of stipple engraving in brown on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of stipple engraving in brown on cream laid paper.

Date:

January 1795

Artist:

Giovanni Vendramini (Italian, 1769-1839)
after Francis Wheatley (English, 1747-1801)

About this artwork

This engraving of everyday London life comes from a series of 14 paintings by the Royal Academy painter Francis Wheatley. This series of idealized knifegrinders and cherry, match, primrose, and strawberry sellers was also available in impressions with hand coloring. Wheatley, a portrait painter to the aristocracy, came upon hard times while preparing these canvases, but the dual-language print titles (English and French) attest to the wide-ranging appeal of the engravings.

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Artist

Giovanni Vendramini

Title

Knives, Scissars, and Rotors to Grind

Origin

Italy

Date

1795

Medium

Stipple engraving in brown on cream laid paper

Dimensions

360 x 283 mm (image); 411 x 315 mm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Isaac K. Friedman

Reference Number

1932.1458

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