Thursday, October 20, 2016

17C Dancing on a Local Tavern or Inn's Garden Terrace

Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at everyday inns & taverns in the centuries before more dignified commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Public pleasure gardens & grounds became places to meet neighbors & travelers passing through; to exchange news; to meet lovers; to play sports & games; to eat & drink; to watch entertainments; to promenade for recreation; to conduct business; to see & be seen.   
Jan Steen (Dutch artist, 1626-1679) The Dancing Couple 1663