• 18C MAY DAY by Josef Frans Nollekens

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    Josef Frans Nollekens May Day with a Maypole on the hill.
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  • 18C MAYPOLE Dance 1741

    18C MAYPOLE Dance 1741

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    1741 The Milkmaid's Garland, or Humours of May Day, Francis Hayman.
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  • 18C Cross-dressing MAY DAY Parade + The Garland Gone Wild

    18C Cross-dressing MAY DAY Parade + The Garland Gone Wild

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    Jack-In-The-Green
    An 18C hand-colored print of chimney-sweeps' May Day “Jack in the Green” celebrations in London. The portly “May Queen” on the right of the picture is probably a man. Bawdy & Bacchanalian these exuberant drunken celebrations of the coming in of Summer were gradually suppressed during the formality of the late Victorian period.
    Traditional celebrations of the arrival of Summer on May Day had a rich cast of characters, not least the mysterious figure of the sinister Jack-in-the-Green, who wore a large, foliage-covered, garland-like framework, usually pyramidal or conical in...
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