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Oil Painting - May Morning on Magdalen College Tower, Oxford, Ancient Annual Ceremony

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1907P132
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1888c - 1893

Maker Information

Artist:William Holman Hunt - View biography for William Holman Hunt


The custom depicted in the painting is the greeting of the May sun and is observed annually at Magdalen College, where the fellows and president ascend to the tower to sing. Dr Bloxam who was involved in the restitution of the May Morning ceremony , is the fourth figure from the right.

A larger version of the painting is in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool.

The circular copper repousee frame was designed by the artist and executed by John Williams, of the Guild of Handicraft.

Presented by Mr and Mrs Barrow Cadbury, 1907.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint

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Height:388 mm
Width:489 mm