Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Battledore & Shuttlecock at a Local Tavern or Inn Garden

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.  
David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) follower Shuttlecock in the local Tavern Yard (well, the title says they are playing Battledore & Shuttlecock. I am not fully convinced.)