Fig. 1: A View of the Temple of Comus in Vauxhall Gardens, 1751, coloured engraving by Johann Sebastian Müller

Space and Gesture: researching Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

With the ‘urban renaissance’ of the eighteenth century came new forms of sociality which included unprecedented levels of social mixing.1 One of the spaces in which these forms occurred is the pleasure garden, and this literature review collates varying perspectives on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the mid eighteenth century. While Vauxhall has been studied far