The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May. Drawn by the artist who signs his work with a monogram composed of two hearts or MM with an arrow through them. Source: Fun (19 May 1873): 202. Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it.

This cartoon appeared accompanied by verses about anxieties of aspiring artists desperate to have their works appear at the R.A.’s annual show:

And here you may spy
The painters who sigh
To win by and by
          The rank of R.A. . . .
There are many hearts sore
          The first Monday in May!

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Last modified 2 March 2016