Advert for the Horns Assembly Rooms 2512
Printer: Moore & Judd-Green
Medium: Print on paper
One of the main attractions on this poster for the Horns Assembly Rooms is "a Grand Illuminated Revival of [the] Old Vauxhall Gardens". These public pleasure gardens had been based on the south bank of the Thames, near Vauxhall Bridge, and hosted many different entertainments for fashionable London society. Depicted in many works of art of the time, they were perhaps most famously the scene of a long set-piece in Volume I of Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair'. The gardens slowly lost popularity and status, finally closing in 1859. They were nostalgically remembered throughout London, however, hence a show such as this over 30 years after their closure.