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Vauxhall Gardens, London, 1780. Artist: Pierre Alexandre Wille

Vauxhall Gardens, London, 1780. Artist: Pierre Alexandre Wille


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Vauxhall Gardens, London, 1780. Artist: Pierre Alexandre Wille

Scene at Vauxhall Gardens, London, 1780; showing a fashionably dressed woman shielding herself with a fan from the gaze of three men

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Media ID 15167572

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Attraction Lambeth Lustfulness Pierre Alexandre Pleasure Garden Pleasure Gardens Shyness Vauxhall Vauxhall Gardens Wille


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print transports us back to the enchanting Vauxhall Gardens in London, circa 1780. The artist, Pierre Alexandre Wille, skillfully captures a scene that epitomizes the essence of 18th-century elegance and intrigue. In this snapshot of time, we witness a fashionably dressed woman who becomes the center of attention as she shields herself with an exquisite fan. Her delicate gesture hints at both shyness and defiance, as she seeks refuge from the lustful gazes of three men surrounding her. The monochrome tones add depth to this historical moment, emphasizing the contrast between light and shadow within Vauxhall's lush garden setting. The etching technique employed by Wille further enhances the intricate details of each figure's attire - a testament to his mastery as an artist. Vauxhall Gardens was renowned for its opulent pleasure gardens during this era. It served as a hub for social gatherings where high society indulged in music, dance, and flirtation. This image encapsulates not only the fashionable dress sense but also embodies the concept of desire and allure that permeated these vibrant spaces. Preserved by Guildhall Library and Art Gallery today, this evocative print offers us a glimpse into London's past; it invites us to imagine ourselves strolling through those historic gardens alongside characters whose stories have long since faded away.

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