Victorian chromolithograph "The May Queen" published by True & Co Augusta, Maine. Copyright True & Co 1881. This is from my personal collection of children and dolls artwork.
Beautifully framed under glass chromolithograph signed with copyright 1881. The figures are beautifully rendered.
According to Wikipedia "Today the May Queen is a girl who must ride or walk at the front of a parade for May Day celebrations. She wears a white gown to symbolize purity and usually a tiara or crown. Her duty is to begin the May Day celebrations. She is generally crowned by flowers and makes a speech before the dancing begins. Certain age groups dance round a Maypole celebrating youth and the spring time."
All of these elements are visible in this painting including the children dancing around the May pole in the background.
True & Company was a leading American publishing company in Augusta, Maine.
The frame is beautiful with ebonized finish and carved leaves with cream painted detailing to resemble ivory inserts. Frame measures 15-1/2" X 11-1/2" and is 7/8" thick. It could use some cleaning, and has some bumps and dings, but it is still beautiful in it's display. The chromolithograph is in pristine condition within the frame. The original plank board is in place on the back.
Item ID: AP-JP184
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