Francis Hayman See-Saw c.1742

Artwork details

Artist
Francis Hayman 1708–1776
Title
See-Saw
Date c.1742
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1400 x 2426 x 32 mm
frame: 1630 x 2593 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962
Reference
T00524
Not on display

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This is one of the few surviving panels painted by Hayman and his assistants between 1738 and 1760 to decorate the supper boxes at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The idea of using Vauxhall for the public display of contemporary paintings was Hogarth’s. To thank him, Vauxhall’s proprietor, Jonathan Tyers, awarded Hogarth with a perpetual free entry ticket. The panels, which took their style from light-hearted decorative French engravings of the 1730s, were one of the great attractions of this fashionable venue and contributed greatly to the spread of French Rococo taste in England.

September 2004

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