Spring time was a great time to head to the promenade in the 18th century. There were promenades such as the Promenade de Longchamps in France and the famous Ranelagh Gardens in England. Ladies of society would wear their finest walking gowns and new hats, to be seen and discussed. A famous portrait by Gainsborough depicts non other than the Duchess of Devonshire herself walking along the Mall in St. James's Park with pup in tow, alongside (probably) her fashionable sister.
Here are a collection of images from promenades in the 18th century. Artist have chosen to portray them in many different ways. I have included the titles given to them so you may better see just what the artist was trying to share with us! Maybe you will be inspired by the images to take a fashionable walk out in public this week!
Paul Sandby, The Promenade in the Park. 1751, Etching. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Louis-Philibert Debucourt, The Public Promenade. 1792, Etching, engraving, and aquatint printed in color. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Thomas Rowlandson, The Promenade. 18th-19th century, watercolor. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco