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May-Day in London

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,1109.326

  • Title (object)

    • May-Day in London
  • Description

    Social satire; folding frontispiece to the May issue of volume one of "The Wit's Magazine" (London, 1784); May-Day; a busy urban street festival; milkmaids with their 'garlands' - headresses of plate, greenery and brushes; chimney sweepers, a violinist with an artificial leg, and others. 1784 Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 189 millimetres
    • Width: 226 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with production detail, "Collings del. / Blake sculp."; lettered below with object title; lettered below with publication line: "Publish'd as the Act directs, by Harrison & Co. June 1. 1784."
  • Curator's comments

    This print is related to "May-Day. An Epistle...", which appears in letterpress in the text of "The Wit's Magazine", p. 191. For William Blake's prints for "The Wit's Magazine", etched after designs by Thomas Stothard and Samuel Collings, see 1872,1109.322-26 and J,7.6. Another impression of this print is in a scrapbook in the British Museum collection, reg. no. 1979,1110.25 (not yet catalogued on-line, as of 12th July 2004).

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6740 bibliographic details
    • Essick 1991 XVI(5) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (1*.a.1)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: May-Day. An Epistle...
    • Associated Title: The Wit's Magazine
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1872,1109.326

Social satire; folding frontispiece to the May issue of volume one of "The Wit's Magazine" (London, 1784); May-Day; a busy urban street festival; milkmaids with their 'garlands' - headresses of plate, greenery and brushes; chimney sweepers, a violinist with an artificial leg, and others.  1784 Etching

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Social satire; folding frontispiece to the May issue of volume one of "The Wit's Magazine" (London, 1784); May-Day; a busy urban street festival; milkmaids with their 'garlands' - headresses of plate, greenery and brushes; chimney sweepers, a violinist with an artificial leg, and others. 1784 Etching

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