The shepherds and shepherdesses here provide you with great pleasure

Cents print with 36 colored prints of shepherd and shepherdesses with edifying spells in rhyme. The print was published between 1771 and 1793 by the Erven de Wed. J. Ratelband in Amsterdam. The print is 40 x 31 cm in size and is in reasonably good condition, the edges are partially destroyed, the images are very well preserved. The print is framed, the frame measures 46 x 37.5 cm.


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A children’s print, also referred to as a cent print or man’s sheet, is a cheap printed sheet (for sale for a cent), which was issued through door-to-door selling, with pictures and talks. The text could consist of prose or verses. As a precursor to the comic, the pictures and talks told a story, for example about saints and heroes, but fairy tales were also sold as a cartoon. The cents prints were not only read, but also read or retold, with the pictures then being shown. Centsprints served for more than three centuries as a newspaper, as an illustrated source of stories or as a cartoon with texts. Those who did not have the money for books could always buy a picture for a cent at pedestrians, hawkers or in stores. The children’s print shows a representation of fairly rough wood-carving figures (later prints did use wood engravings and lithography) on not very good paper. The pictures are sometimes colored: with some orange or purple red and blue, sometimes supplemented with yellow – random color smears, applied with a coarse brush, thumb print or shifted template. Color printing will become more professional in later time. In addition to prints about all sorts of manners and customs, proverbs, stories from literature from the Middle Ages and the 16th-18th centuries, there are also illustrations about professions and crafts, folk tales, moralistic narratives, children’s games, and topics from the Bible, history, geography , in addition to ABC reading examples, strange people, soldiers, vehicles and famous people. The prints, in which the adventures of the main characters are depicted in 8, 16, 24 or even 48 different scenes, can be regarded as precursors of the comic strip. Although many penny prints seem to be aimed at children, most do not know whether they were made specifically for children at the time.



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