John Lawrence; Rogues, Vagabonds, & Sturdy Beggars

'Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors'

Printers proof; 1970

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'Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors'

(vulgarly called vagabonds)

 first published in 1566



John Lawrence

Commissioned to illustrate

Rogues, Vagabonds, & Sturdy Beggars:

A New Gallery of Tudor and Early Stuart Rogue Literature, Exposing the Lives, Times, and Cozening Tricks of the Elizabethan underworld, published 1973. Lanthorne and Candlelight is the second part of The Belman of London. Published in 1608  written by Thomas Dekker.

In 1973, Lawrence received a request from the Imprint Society of Boston, an American publisher, to illustrate a period piece, Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars. John then produced seven carefully constructed linocut designs, prints from each of which were broken down to provide several, smaller illustrations.

John Lawrence was born in Hastings in 1933 and educated by the Salesians, first in Burwash, Sussex, then in Cowley, Oxford. He attended Hastings School of Art from 1951 - 1953. He did his military service in West Africa, between 1953 - 1955. He then went on to the Central School of Arts and Crafts .

This print is believed to have come from the private collection of John David Ruari McLean CBE, DSC ; 1917-2006; British typographic designer.

This superb print has retained its colouring, bright and unfaded in black ink.

The image measures 18 cms. x 28 cms, (7 x 11 ins.)  printed on a wove paper sheet size 25 cms. x 38 cms, (10  x 15 ins.)

Purchased as part of a folio of signed, dated woodcut prints at local auction.

The condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.

Cat Lawrence-4