Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on
the south bank of the Thames entertained Londoners and visitors to London for
200 years. From 1729, under the management of Jonathan Tyers, property
developer, impresario, patron of the arts, the gardens grew into an
extraordinary business, a cradle of modern painting and architecture, and a
music venue vital to the careers of Thomas Arne and George Frideric Handel. Christopher explores what we can
learn from Vauxhall Gardens about how we improve London’s public realm today.
Lecturer: Christopher Woodward, Director Garden Museum
Image: Tom and Jerry and Logic making the most of an Evening at Vauxhall: 1821Etched by I.R. and G. Cruikshank.