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.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.