A View of the Ranelagh House and Gardens, with the Rotunda at the time of the Jubilee Ball.[French translation to right.]
Etching, 175 x 270mm. 7 x 10½".
Ranelagh Gardens, adjoining the Wren's Pensioner's Hospital, became popular as a place to escape the city and take in the cleaner air in Chelsea. Balls, concerts, dinners and of course gossip were shared here almost daily. It quickly exceeded Vauxhall in popularity, but it's popularity waned until the season of 1804 when the fashionable set abandoned it entirely. Shown here during a costume ball on May 24th 1759 to mark the Birthday of George Prince of Wales, the future George III. From a series of reduced views in London, numbered '11a' upper right.
From the Capper Album.
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