Regatta = Ball at RanelaghXXIII June MDCCLXXV.
Etched ticket for the Regatta Ball held at the Ranelagh Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, on 23rd June 1775. Image 165 x 205mm, 6½ x 8". Fold creases as normal; trimmed within plate.
The Thames as a naked man standing at the front of a conch shell on the river holding forth three medals from Britannia; Abundance and a putto with shield behind, Triton and Siren in water, two naked children rowing boats far left. The Rotunda on far bank to left background. 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. After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785).
De Vesme 1969, iii/iii. See 20451.
[Ref: 21163] £260.00