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.
Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
"This work is an invaluable resource for social and art historians, musicologists, and other scholars. It is modern and comprehensive, providing both an accurate factual account and an abundance of wonderful illustrations that furnish readers with a vivid picture of the life and times of this period of English history."—R.M. Davis, Choice ~R.M. Davis, Choice
Winner of the 2012 J.B. Jackson Prize, as given by the Foundation for landscape Studies.~2012 J.B. Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies
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, Historians of British Art
"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, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats
Winner of the 2015 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award given by the Society of American Historians.~Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians