This blog traces the blurring of class divisions as Public Pleasure Gardens, Parks & Outdoor Sports Grounds evolve. These venues became gathering places to mingle with neighbors & strangers. Here people could exchange news; meet lovers; play & watch sports & games; make business deals; eat & drink; watch entertainments; & promenade to see & be seen.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Before Public Gardens & Parks - Skittles, dogs, & a few chickens
Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636-1672) Skittle Players in a partially fenced & hedged clearing shared with a pet dog and a few hungry chickens.