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  • Description

    Badge; gold; William Hogarth's admission badge or 'Perpetual Pass' for Vauxhall Gardens. Female figures of Virtus and Voluptas, and below, on a scroll, FELICES UNA.

  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1733 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Content

        In perpetuam Beneficii memoriam
  • Curator's comments

    Design attributed to Richard Yeo, see W. Wroth, 'Tickets of Vauxhall Gardens', Numismatic Chronicle XVIII, 1898, pp. 73-92. The ticket was presented to Hogarth in 1733 by the manager of Vauxhall Gardens, Jonathan Tyers, who re-opened the gardens in 1732 with decorations after Hogarth's paintings; the legend on the reverse refers to services rendered by Hogarth.
    It subsequently entered the collection of the antiquary W. H. Forman prior to 1890, see W. Chaffers: Catalogue of the Works of Antiquity and Art collected by the late William Henry Forman, Esq., Pippbrook House, Dorking, Surrey, and removed in 1890 to Callaly Castle, Northumberland, by Major A.H. Browne. Privately published, 1892. p.175, no.3483:
    "Gold Medallion, or Admission to Vauxhall presented by Jonathan Tyers, Esq., to W. Hogarth, with his seal attached. Obv: 'Virtus et Voluptas,' two female figures standing, below 'Felices Una'; Rev: 'Hogarth. In perpetuam beneficii memoriam' Weight 12 dwts 20grs.
    For correspondence with David Coke, and information from his forthcoming book on Vauxhall Gardens, see object file.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2003, BM, London 1753, cat.5.67
    2012 Apr-Sep, London, Foundling Museum, Master Builders of Delight.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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COMPASS Title: William Hogarth's gold admission ticket to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens


COMPASS Title: William Hogarth's gold admission ticket to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

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