An Inside View of the Rotundo in Ranelagh Gardens.Vue de l'Interieur de la Rotonde dans le Jardins de Ranelagh.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament. London Printed for & Sold by Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck opposite Fetter Lane Fleet Street. [n.d., c.1760.]
Hand coloured etching, 265 x 405mm. 10½ x 16". Tatty extremities; a fine impression with full margins.
Elegantly dressed figures gather in the large open space, a large extravagant fireplace in the centre of the room, musicians playing in stands far right. Ranelagh Gardens, adjoining Wren's Chelsea 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. After Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768).
[Ref: 14739] £220.00