The Rotundo, House and Gardens, &c. at Ranelagh.
Engraving, 175 x 275mm. 7 x 10¾". Curteis & Son watermark. (Carshalton papermakers William, John and Thomas Curteis went into partnership on 1778.)
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. Revellers promenade in the gardens in their ball costumes. After Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768). From a series of reduced views, numbered '6' upper right.
[Ref: 18211] £160.00