Surrey Zoological Gardens, Walworth, Patroness Her Most Gracious Majesty The Queen.
Steel engraving, letterhead(?), sheet 55 x 100mm. 2¼ x 4". Trimmed and glued to scrap sheet.
Vignette view of Royal Surrey Gardens, pleasure gardens in Kennington, London, slightly east of The Oval. The gardens were the grounds of the manor house of Walworth, and, as can be seen in this image, included a lake of about 3 acres. The site was acquired in 1831 by impresario Edward Cross to be the location of his new Surrey Zoological Gardens, using animals from his menagerie at Exeter Exchange, in competition with the new London Zoo in Regent's Park. A large circular domed glass conservatory was built in the gardens (in background), 300 feet (90 m) in circumference with more than 6,000 square feet (560 m2) of glass, to contain separate cages for lions, tigers, a rhinoceros, and giraffes. The gardens were heavily planted with native and exotic trees and plants, and dotted with picturesque pavilions.
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