Thursday, January 5, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Sports & Games - Locals Playing at a 1600s Local Tavern or Inn

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 convinced.)

Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at local inns & taverns in the centuries before more dignified commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Before the advent of commercial gardens, elites usually gathered together in more elegant private gardens. For recreation, elites also enjoyed promenading, especially in a public place, to meet other elites or to be seen & admired by others. Commercial public pleasure gardens & grounds became places to meet folks from a broader spectrum of society's classes including elites, 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.