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Panel - May Day in the Olden Time
  • May Day in the Olden Time
    Marks, Henry Stacy, born 1829 - died 1898
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May Day in the Olden Time

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1867 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marks, Henry Stacy, born 1829 - died 1898 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on panel

  • Museum number:

    FA.677

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 92, shelf R

Physical description

Watercolour on panel. Central panel of a triptych watercolour painting depicting 16th century May Day celebrations.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)

Date

1867 (painted)

Artist/maker

Marks, Henry Stacy, born 1829 - died 1898 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on panel

Dimensions

Height: 20.875 in, Width: 41.75 in

Descriptive line

Central panel of a triptych watercolour painting by Henry Stacy Marks entitled 'May Day in the Olden Time', Great Britain, 1867

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

In 1868 Henry Stacy Marks offered his watercolour of a 16th-century May Day procession for use in decorating the interiors of the Museum, and Henry Cole, the Director, chose it as the design for the three porcelain panels on the buffet of what is now the 'Morris Room'. Originally designed and made for the Green Dining Room in the Victoria and Albert Museum, it was one of the first public refreshment rooms in any museum.
The buffet was not functional but was designed as a piece of decorative furniture, with a May Day theme, echoing the painted panels showing the months of the year, which decorated the walls of the Dining Room.
These were painted by a female student in the porcelain class of the South Kensington Art School, now the Royal College of Art, and incorporated into the buffet, made by Gillow & Co., a prominent firm of cabinet-makers.

Materials

Panel; Watercolour

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Processions; Celebrations

Categories

Paintings; Pageants and Ceremonies; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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