Two Street Criers

Pierre Brebiette French

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This vigorous red chalk drawing is the first design to come to light relating to a series of 43 prints depicting street criers (les cris de Paris), of which Brebiette seems to have supplied the majority of the models. The two figures on this sheet represent boys (or perhaps the same boy?) selling, on the left, new almanacs, and on the right, silver tassels, a kind of passementerie, or decoration to be sewn onto clothing or other decorative items. Both prints (plate 4 and plate 36 in the series, respectively) bear the initials "PB." The name of the printmaker has been lost, but the series was published by the editor Jacques Honervogt around 1630.

Two Street Criers, Pierre Brebiette (French, Mantes-sur-Seine ca. 1598–1642 Paris), Red chalk over a sketch in black chalk

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