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May Day : Le Premier de Mai

  • Object:

    Printing Plate

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, engraved)

  • Date:

    mid 18th century (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hayman, Francis RA (painter (artist))
    Truchy, L., born 1731 - died 1764 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraved copperplate

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case V, shelf 24, box 14

Physical description

'May Day : Le Premier de Mai'. From the painting by Francis Hayman. An engraved copperplate depicting three women dancing to the music of a violin player, behind them stands a man carrying various pots and dishes on his head. To the right of the plate, there are three young boys by a water fountain which has a lion head design. Stamped into the verso of the plate, a mark resembling the face of an owl (approx 0.5cm).

Place of Origin

London (probably, engraved)


mid 18th century (engraved)


Hayman, Francis RA (painter (artist))
Truchy, L., born 1731 - died 1764 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

engraved copperplate

Marks and inscriptions

Stamp impression resembling the face of an owl (approx 0.5cm).
Centre, verso of plate.

F. Hayman pinxt.
Below bottom-right corner of image (in reverse).

Truchy Sculpt.
Below bottom-left corner of image (in reverse).

London. Printed for Robt Sayer, Map & Printseller at No. 53 in Fleet Street
Centre, directly below the image (in reverse).

May Day. I Le Premier de Mai
Directly below the text above (in reverse).

From the Original Painting in Vauxhall Garden.
Centre, along the bottom of the plate (in reverse).

Top-left corner of plate, outside the frame of the image.


Height: 26.2 cm, Width: 37.2 cm, Depth: 1 mm plate thickness approx

Descriptive line

Etched and engraved copper plate. Engraved by Truchy from a painting by Francis Hayman. May Day : Le Premier de Mai. Printed for Robert Sayer, London, mid 18th century.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1949, London: HMSO, 1961.





Subjects depicted

Tree; Violin; Fountain; Violinists; Men; Dancing; Women; Music; Buildings


Prints; Music; Printmaking techniques


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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