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03 January 2012

Dreamland: this perspective view through a card­board peepshow, a souvenir of a Vauxhall Juvenile Fête in 1822, shows children and their parents (and, pre­sumably, a turbaned entertainer) crowd­ing one of the walks in the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, an attraction that originated in the Restoration period, and, as a place of fashion, music, and spectacle, finally vanished in 1859 with the coming of the railway to the south bank of the Thames. From the massive and splen­didly illustrated volume Vauxhall Gardens: A history, by David Coke and Alan Borg — surely now the standard work (Yale, £55 (£49.50); 978-0-300-17382-6)


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