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Hunt the Whistle - design for one of a series of paintings for 
the Supper Boxes at Vauxhall Gardens
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Hunt the Whistle - design for one of a series of paintings for the Supper Boxes at Vauxhall Gardens

1730-40

Artist
Francis Hayman (ca. 1708 - 1776)

Formerly attributed to Joseph Highmore (1692 - 1780)

Width: 27.3 cm; Height: 19 cm;

Inscription
Inscription, Frances Hayman RW 1469 / Hunt the Whistle / One of a series painted for / Vauxhall Gdns. //
Inscription
Stamp, DOUANES / PARIS / EXPOSITION //
Inscription, Hunt the Whistle / the figures 3 Feet 1 In //
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
D.1952.RW.1469

About this work
Hayman made a number of drawings like this as part of the preparations for the production of over fifty large (roughly 4'6" x 6'6") paintings on canvas to decorate the supper boxes in the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall. The paintings were carried out by many different artists, possibly two or more working on a single canvas, so Hayman's control of the project through design drawings such as this was vital. The squares drawn in pencil over the image enabled the scene to be enlarged easily; the figures were to be 3'1" high according to the inscription. (Permanent collection label)



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