Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Hayman: See-Saw

Hayman: See-Saw
Hayman: Stealing a Kiss
Francis Hayman.
The Exercise of See Saw. La Balancoire. [&] Stealing a Kiss. Le Baiser Derobe.
F. Hayman pinx.t. Trucy sculp.t. London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Map & Printseller at No. 53 in Fleet Street. From the Original Painting in Vaux-hall Garden. [n.d., c.1760.]
Engraving with etching, hand-coloured.  230 x 350mm. 'See Saw' has large margins, with the corners folded to fit into an oval frame.; 'Kiss' has smaller margins so folding was unnecessary. The prints are now unframed.
A pair of slightly risqué subjects, best described as 'conversation pieces'. Gainsborough studied under Hayman for a while, and said that Hayman was leading him into 'convivial habits'.
Hayman's best known paintings were the series he painted for Jonathan Tyers that decorated the alcoves of Vauxhall Gardens. 'See Saw' is now in the Tate Gallery, 'Kiss' has been mislaid.

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