Object of the Month: April 2020

1 April 2020

In celebration of Easter, this month we’ve chosen a watercolour painting by Herbert John Finn (1860-1942) depicting Hampstead Heath on Easter Monday. From the 19th century, the Heath became one of London’s most popular destinations for Easter celebrations, where visitors could enjoy rides, carnival games and candy floss.

This painting was most likely completed in the early 1900s, at a time when the fair was extremely popular with working class Londoners seeking some respite from inner city life. In the background, you can see people on swing boats, which were a common sight at the fair and the subject of many famous 20th century works of art. Although we hope we don’t hear of any crowds on the Heath this weekend, we wish you all a very happy Easter!

Hampstead Heath on Easter Monday by Herbert John Finn (1860-1942)