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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

The First of May 1851 Signed and dated 1851

RCIN 406995

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This picture, composed like an Adoration of the Magi, commemorates a date of threefold significance: the first birthday of Prince Arthur, the eighty-second birthday of his godfather, the Duke of Wellington, and the opening day of the Great Exhibition. Lily-of-the-valley is traditionally given on the first of May for good luck.