Image gallery: A Trip to Vauxhall
Recto A young man helping a fashionably-dressed young woman from a boat to the stairs leading from the river to Vauxhall gardens, watched by a second woman standing on the right. 1782 Hand-coloured mezzotint © The Trustees of the British Museum
Regency Hygiene: The Bourdaloue
This image of a bourdaloue might be somewhat confusing to the uninitiated. Could this small and elegant vessel be a gravy boat? Or a blood-letting container? This image by Francois Boucher says it …
The pleasure gardens of 18th-century London | OUPblog
By David Blackwell A popular form of aristocratic entertainment in mid-18th-century London was to stroll round the city’s ornamental pleasure gardens, both those at Vauxhall (launched in 1732 with a masked gala) and its more fashionable rival, Ranelagh Gardens (opened in 1742 and now the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show).
London in the Eighteenth Century by Jerry White: review
Eighteenth-century Londoners took as much pleasure in seeing as being seen, says Frances Wilson, reviewing Jerry White's new history.
The Frost Fair of the Winter of 1683-4 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance C.1685
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