A poster announcing a Double Asent & Night Entertainment; 1838
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actual image size: 32cm x 19cm

A poster announcing a Double Asent & Night Entertainment; 1838


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An advertisement announcing a 'double ascent and night entertainment, at the Royal Gardens Vauxhall. It features two etchings of balloons, one a close-up of a balloon basket with people sitting in it and flags flying; the other of the whole balloon. The print and drawings are in black on a yellow background.
Public hot air balloon rides became popular in the 1830s and Vauxhall was one of London's chief ascent sites.
For almost two hundred years, until it closed in 1859, Vauxhall Gardens was London’s most famous Pleasure Garden. Opened at Vauxhall in about 1660 under the name ‘New Spring Gardens’, its enclosed grounds and tree-lined walks provided a fashionable place where, for a small fee, Londoners of all classes could meet and promenade.
Vauxhall Gardens was a wonderland of delights whose attractions included romantic vistas and secluded grottoes, music, lights, tea and supper rooms, spectacular theatrical performances and firework displays. It featured in articles and novels by writers such as Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray.




1838 AD - 1838 AD

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