Saturday, November 12, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Elites Celebrating in a Private Garden

Private Gardens were the scene of outdoor amusements & recreation for the upper classes & royalty in the centuries before more egalitarian commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. For recreation, elites also enjoyed promenading, especially in a public place, to meet other elites or to be seen & admired by others. Later, Public Pleasure Gardens & Grounds became acceptable 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.
David Vinckboons (Flemish Baroque Era Painter, c 1576-1632) Feasting at an Outdoor Table