An original painting by Stanley Port.
Acrylics on Board: 40 x 30 cm
This painting is FRAMED and is FOR SALE: £160
A town crier in England is an officer of the court who makes required public pronouncements. The town crier can also be used to make public announcements in the streets. Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold coat, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. They carry a handbell to attract people’s attention, as they shout the words “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!” before making their announcements. The word “Oyez” means “hear ye,” which is a call for silence and attention. Prior to the advent of literacy, town criers were the means of communication with the people of the town since many people could not read or write. Proclamations, local bylaws, market days, adverts, were all proclaimed by a town crier. Criers were not always men, many town criers were women, as here in Arundel.