John Mullan: English culture
18 June 1998
Show More The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the 18th Century by John Brewer.
HarperCollins, 448 pp., £19.99, January 1997, 0 00 255537 9Show More
“... reading, one imagines, some Latin poem. And symbolically at least, the Tyers have a special guest in their bourgeois parlour, confirming their status. On the chimneypiece is a medallion portrait of Frederick, Prince of Wales, ground landlord of Vauxhall Gardens and a frequent visitor. The sense of being a visitor was clearly fundamental to the pleasure of places like Vauxhall. ‘The diversions of the ...”