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An image of Vauxhall Gardens by Robert Pollard, Frances Jukes, after Thomas Rowlandson

Robert Pollard

(England 1755 – 1838)

Frances Jukes

(England 1747 – 1812)

after Thomas Rowlandson

(England 1756 – 1827)

Title
Vauxhall Gardens
Year
1785
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching and aquatint, hand coloured
Dimensions

54.5 x 79.0 cm trimmed to platemark

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1940
Accession number
8518
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Old Europe: rarely seen prints and drawings on show', pg. 23-25, Newtown, Jun 2006, 25 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014