Thursday, March 16, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - Sports & Games - 17C Dutch Royals

Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636 - 1672) Maliebaen in Den Haag. The exiled 'Winter King', Frederick V, Elector Palatine, plays a scoring or positioning shot to the tall post marking the center of the mall.

Outdoor spaces near local inns & taverns were often the scene of neighborhood recreation in the centuries, before more dedicated grounds & public gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Before the advent of public pleasure gardens & parks, elites usually gathered together in more exclusive private spaces.  Public parks & pleasure gardens & dedicated sports grounds became places to meet folks from a broader spectrum of society's classes including elites.