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Charles Robert Leslie, R.A. (1794-1859)
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Charles Robert Leslie, R.A. (1794-1859)

May Day in the reign of Queen Elizabeth

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Charles Robert Leslie, R.A. (1794-1859)
May Day in the reign of Queen Elizabeth
oil on canvas
60½ x 46 in. (153.7 x 116.8 cm.)
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1821, no.8.
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Charles Robert Leslie was a painter of historical and humorous genre, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1813-1849. This painting depicts Elizabeth I joined by courtiers and subjects celebrating May Day. The Queen, who is situated on the far right, watches the frivolities whilst the foreground is dominated by a courting couple. In the background the celebrations are in full swing with people dancing around the maypole and characters dressed as Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, a hobby horse, a fool and a dragon.
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