Saturday, December 24, 2016

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Elite celebrate in a Garden

Gardens were the scene of outdoor amusements & recreation in the centuries before public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. For recreation, elites enjoyed promenading, especially in a public place, to meet or to be seen & admired by others.

Esaias van de Velde (Dutch painter, 1587-1630) The Garden Party