Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Locals Dancing Outside a Tavern or Inn

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.  
Pieter Angillis (Flemish, 1685-1734) Figures Dancing outside a local tavern.