An inside view of the Rotundo in London
16 x 9.5 inches
A hand coloured, copper plate engraving, published in London circa 1750.
This is a wonderfully entertaining view of the bon ton of mid eighteenth century London enjoying a promenade within the Ranalagh Gardens Rotunda. The pleasure gardens at Ranalagh were officially opened in 1742 with a large rococo rotunda as its centrepiece and its publicity read "everybody that loves eating, drinking, staring or crowding" is welcome for 12d admittance. Therte was a huge fireplace in the centre and an orchestra pit where Mozart came to play. There were numerous booths for eating, drinking, smoking and (inevitably) fornicating.