Jack in the Green or the 1.st of MayScenes of London No. 5.
[London: Ackermann, 1834]
Lithograph with hand-colouring, sheet 190 x 230mm (7½ x 9"). Excellent colour; trimmed, losing publication line, and pasted to album sheet with text fragments and another print verso.
May day celebration in London with a 'Jack in the Green', the figure wearing a foliage-covered framework. Harlequins etc. dance around a crowd. The tradition of the Jack in the Green waned as part of the Victorian disapproval of such customs, so the 1834 date of this print is perhaps significant. Originally published as one of six 'Scenes of London', all of which showed street entertainments such as a Punch & Judy show and jugglers. The scene shown here can be identified as Burton Street in Bloomsbury, laid out between 1809 and 1820 by the Scottish developer James Burton.
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