Description & Technical information

In this incredible painting, Dame Laura Knight depicts dancing in the evening of the annual May Day Fair on Hampstead Heath in London, which is known as 'Appy 'Ampstead. Through the colourful and energetic narrative, Knight manages to capture the excitement felt during the celebrations, drawing the viewer into the painting.


In the early 1900’s Hampstead Heath had become a popular place for crowds of Londoners to visit and “Appy ‘Ampstead’ had become a nationally known phrase, being used in a number of films and songs during the Second World War period. Knight painted this work from memory as she had produced various drawings and etchings of people dancing at Hampstead Heath previously in her career.

Date:  c.1940
Period:  20th century
Origin:  British
Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed ‘Laura Knight’ (lower right)

Dimensions: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 inches)

Paul William Gallico, writer (acquired from the artist’s for 500 Guineas)

Passed by descent to daughter and son in law, Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein


This work is to be included in the catalogue raisonné of the work of Laura Knight currently in preparation by Mr. John Croft


James Bourlet 17 – 18 Nassau St London label verso dated 19.9.63 Reference No. 23580

Royal Academy 1957 - Exhibit Number 271

Royal Academy 1965 - Dame Laura Knight Retrospective Exhibition