Monday, November 7, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Celebrating at a Local Tavern or Inn Garden

1670 Jan Steen (Dutch artist, 1626-1679) Merry Company on a Garden Terrace

These gatherings seem to be taking place on the little garden terraces, that tavern owners began to attach to their inns during this period for the use of the general populace.  Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at everyday inns & taverns in the centuries before 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.