C.H.Simpson; c.1833

Charles Bridges

C.H.Simpson; c.1833
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

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C.H. Simpson was appointed the Master of Ceremonies of Vauxhall Gardens in May 1797 and continued until 25 December 1835. He became a well known figure, conspicuous in his top hat and silver mounted cane and well known for his courtesy to the visitors. One visitor wrote that ' he pierces through the mob like an eel in mud'. Simpson was responsible for looking afte rthe visitors , quelling any disturbances introducing acts in the pleasure gardens and ensuring the newspapers gave some favourable publicity.
In this caricature Simpson is shown in his usual costume.

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