Description of the artwork «May 1, 1851»
The painting depicts the Duke of Wellington, bringing a gift to Queen Victoria, her husband Prince albert son Prince Arthur. The scene is reminiscent of "the adoration of the Magi". The painting was commissioned by Queen Victoria in honour of the 1st of may 1851 and had a triple significance: it was the first birthday of Prince Arthur, the 82nd birthday of his godfather, the Duke of Wellington, and the day of the opening of the great exhibition in London (visible in the background is the Crystal Palace, built for this event). Prince Arthur holds a lilies - the traditional may day flowers, symbolizing good luck.