The English Pleasure Garden 16601860

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-21
  • Publisher: Shire Publications
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From the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Pleasure Gardens were central to English social life for 200 years. Vauxhall, Ranelagh and others showcased music by the newest talents including Handel and Mozart, and offered intimate access to art long before public galleries were established. Their elegant, verdant walks were the perfect place to take a stroll, providing a catwalk for the finest fashions and an opportunity to spot the celebrities of the day, from the Prince Regent to Dick Turpin, while the popular masquerade balls allowed an unprecedented social mix and ample opportunity for secret assignations. But by the height of the Victorian era this fairyland of tinkling fountains and glittering coloured light, immortalised by Austen and Thackeray, had gone into decline, becoming little more than a den of vice for thieves and prostitutes. This book will transport you back to the most glorious days of the Pleasure Gardens of Britain. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Sarah-Jane Downing is a freelance writer with a special interest in the eighteenth century

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
The First Gardensp. 11
Stolen Moments and Halcyon Daysp. 19
Ranelagh: The Divinest Place Under Heavenp. 27
Marylebone and Vauxhall: The Later Yearsp. 33
Eighteenth-Century Provincial Gardensp. 39
Nineteenth-Century Provincial Gardensp. 46
The Victorian Pleasure Gardensp. 53
Arcadia Fallenp. 61
Indexp. 64
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