[Ticket] Ball at RanelaghJune I, MDCCCIII. No Gentleman will be admitted unless in Full Dress.
Used ball ticket, engraving on J. Whatman watermarked paper, sheet 180 x 155mm. 7 x 6". Trimmed within plate; two horizontal fold creases.
Unusual ticket for the Regatta Ball held at the Ranelagh Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens, adjoining Wren's Chelsea Pensioner's Hospital. The design features a classical female figure and winged putti seated behind the shield he holds lower right. The pleasure gardens 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. Annotated 'Admiral: Whitshed/ Heny: Harvey' in ink to verso. Sir James Hawkins Whitshed (1762 - 1849) served under Sir John Jervis (afterwards Earl St. Vincent) in the battle of Cape St. Vincent. Whitshed married, in 1791, Sophia Henrietta, daughter of Captain John Albert Bentinck of the navy (see item 18134), and had two sons and four daughters. Admiral Sir Henry Harvey (1743 – 1810) was a long-serving officer of the Royal Navy during the second half of the 18th century. He participated in numerous naval operations and actions and especially distinguished himself at the Glorious First of June in command of HMS Ramillies. Blindstamp upper left. After Robert Smirke (1752 - 1845).
[Ref: 18136] £220.00