(England 1755 – 1838)
(England 1747 – 1812)
(England 1756 – 1827)
54.5 x 79.0 cm trimmed to platemark
In the 18th century Vauxhall was the most fashionable of all London pleasure gardens. The print includes a number of portraits of leading members of London society. On the right, the Price of Wales (later George IV) whispers to the actress Perdita Robinson who is arm-in-arm with her dwarfish husband. In the supper-box on the left are the writers, Dr Johnson, Boswell and Goldsmith (who had died eleven years before the print was made). The vocalist on the balcony is Mrs Weichsel. Major Topham, known as 'the macaroni of the day' stares through a monocle at the Duchess of Devonshire and her sister Lady Bessborough.
Peter Raissis, Look, 'Old Europe: rarely seen prints and drawings on show', pg. 23-25, Newtown, Jun 2006, 25 (colour illus.).
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006