From their early beginnings in the Restoration until the final closure in Queen Victoria's reign, Vauxhall Gardens developed from a rural tavern and place of assignation into a dream-world filled with visual arts and music, and finally into a commercial site of mass entertainment. By the 18th century, Vauxhall was crucial to the cultural and fashionable life of the country, patronized by all levels of society, from royal dukes to penurious servants.
In the first book on the subject for over fifty years, Alan Borg and David E. Coke reveal the teeming life, the spectacular art and the ever-present music of Vauxhall in fascinating detail. Borg and Coke's historical exposition of the entire history of the gardens makes a major contribution to the study of London entertainments, art, music, sculpture, class and ideology. It reveals how Vauxhall linked high and popular culture in ways that look forward to the manner in which both art and entertainment have evolved in modern times.
Praise For Vauxhall Gardens: A History…
— R.M. Davis
Winner of the 2012 J.B. Jackson Prize, as given by the Foundation for landscape Studies.
— 2012 J.B. Jackson Prize
Winner of the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Multi-Author category, given by the Historians of British Art.
— 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Multi-Author category
"In their Preface, Messrs. Coke and Borg promise 'a mine of detailed information and a useful overview of the subject, as well as the essential building blocks from which future scholarship be constructed.' Any interested general or specialist reader will certainly find all this and more."—Yiu Liu, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats
— Yu Liu
Winner of the 2015 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award given by the Society of American Historians.
— Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award
Paul Mellon Centre, 9780300173826, 400pp.
Publication Date: August 30, 2011