The Beauties of Bagnigge Wells: 1778
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The Beauties of Bagnigge Wells - a popular spa in St Pancras. It thrived from 1760 to the end of the eighteenth century and had a reputation for 'loose women and boys whose morals are depraved'. In this suggestive mezzotint a highly fashionable woman with an enormous hat - probably a prostitute - flirts with a passing rake who has a spaniel with him. In the background another such is walking arm in arm with a short, dumpy old man, while two other couples walk or converse by a small round pond with a fountain, and a party dine in the arch of a colonnade in the manner of a Vauxhall supper box.
1778 AD - 1778 AD