Wednesday, September 26, 2012

One Last Glimpse of Ranelagh

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Isabella reporting:

Since putting up my post about Ranelagh Gardens last night, I received a wonderful surprise from David Walker, Local Studies librarian, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Library, who sent me another image from the Library's collections. The watercolor of the moonlit Ranelagh Rotunda has been re-scanned, and the contrast adjusted to match the original more accurately.

But with the new scan, a new mystery is also revealed: who are the two ladies leaving the brightly lit Rotunda? Why are they hurrying away into the shadowy trees without an escort or chaperon?

Most intriguingly: who are they going to meet?

Left: Detail, The Rotunda at Ranelagh by Moonlight, artist unknown. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Library.

1 comments:

Ana said...

Ooh, a mystery!

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