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Etudes prises dans le bas Peuple où les Cris de Paris premiere (-Cinquieme) Suitte

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Cris de Paris


Se Vendent à Paris,: chez Fessard, rue St. Denis au Grand St. Louis chez un Miroitier pres le Sep:, A Paris: Chés Joullain Quay de la Megisserie à la Ville de Rome.

Physical Description

12, 12, 12, 12, [12] pl. (the first plate in each group serving as the title-plate for that suite); 334 mm.

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as designed by Bouchardon, except plate [10] of the fifth suite, which is not signed by a draughtsman; eleven are signed as both designed and drawn by him (Suites 3:6; 4:1-4, 7-12). All plates are signed as etched by 'C' or 'C.S.' ('C.S.' or 'C. Sculp.'), except the title-plates of suites 3-5, which are signed respectively as 'Gravé a l'Eau forte par C. et retouché par Et. Fessard', 'Gravé a l'eau forte par C. Et terminé au burin par Et. Fessard' and 'Gravé à l'eau-forte par C.S. et terminé au burin par Et. Fessard'. Each plate carries at the foot the publisher's imprint, 'A Paris Chés Joullain', except the title plate of the fifth suite, in which the imprint of Joullain is engraved instead of that of Fessard within the plate itself.


D. Millar, Street criers and itinerant tradesmen in European prints (1970); K. T. Parker, 'Bouchardon's Cries of Paris' in Old Master Drgs, v/19 (1930), p.45-8.

Summary Note

The five parts were published in 1737, 1737, 1738, 1742 and 1746. There is no letter-press text. Each plate (including the title plates) is captioned, and shows one of the street criers of Paris.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

In this set the title-plate of the third suite has been bound in immediately after that of the second suite.

Binding Note

19th-century red morocco; gilt-tooled upper and lower covers; gilt decoration on spine; spine lettered 'Cris de Paris' and 'R.A. 1737-8'.


Street vendors - Cries - Peddlers and peddling - Occupations - Costume - Dress - France - Paris - History - 18th century
Drawings - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century


Edmé Bouchardon, artist/designer, draughtsman
François Joullain, publisher
Etienne Fessard, engraver, publisher