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  • Drawing
    Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886
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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Edward Godwin, son of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 124, box A

Physical description

May is depicted as a wreathed maiden in Grecian dress. She stands behind a branch with doves and foliage. Twins wearing tunics emblazoned with the zodiacal sign for May clutch her legs.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1880 (made)


Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pen and ink

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in pencil

Inscribed in pencil


Height: 22.8 cm, Width: 15.4 cm

Object history note

This drawing is a design for The British Architect and Northern Engineer calendar for the year 1881, published as a folding plate between pages 176, 177 of Volume 14, July to December 1880.

Descriptive line

Design for a figure emblematic of May, represented as a wreathed maiden. One of eleven designs for figures emblematic of the months (September missing) for 'The British Architect and Northern Engineer' for the year 1881. Pencil and pen and ink drawing by Edward William Godwin, 1880.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.


Pencil; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

Children; Twins; Gemini; Sun; Doves


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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