Interieur de la Rotonde des jardins de Renelagh.
Engraving. Plate 235 x 368mm.
This anonymous print is similar to the painting by Canaletto that was published as an engraving by Robert Sayer in 1751. The view focuses on the architecture of William Jones' rotunda, a structure in which the young Mozart performed (June 29th 1764). 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 its popularity waned until the season of 1804 when the fashionable set abandoned it entirely.
for a British print of the rotunda, see ref. 19588
[Ref: 15195] £160.00