The pic above is name 'The Milkmaid's Garland', or
'Humours of May Day', by Francis Hayman, painted
in 1741-42. One of the ancient customs observed on
May Day that persisted until the early 19th century
was the 'Milkmaid's Garland'. The milkmaids would
dress in their best clothes and dance in the streets
for their customers. A donation from the customers
and from passers-by was expected.
period from the eighteenth century up to the
present day. A geographical survey includes a
distribution map and contains all the information
which has been discovered about Jack-in-the-Green
and the May Day activity of chimney-sweeps, apart
from the early London Information. Interesting!
Purschase it here
In the 16th and 17th centuries in England people would make garlands of flowers and leaves for the May Day celebration. After becoming a source of competition between Works Guilds, these garlands became increasingly elaborate, to the extent that it covered the entire man. This became known as Jack in the Green. For some reason the figure became particularly associated with chimney sweeps
Yesterday I also saw these Forglem-mig-ej.
When I was a child my brother and I often
went to a small forest that once was a big
garden/park owned by a huge farm. The farm
was long gone and all kinds of flowers grew
like wild ones, and a small pond there was
still a lot of these flowers left....and I don't
forget the place ;O)