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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1913,0515.1

  • 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)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        Hogarth
        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.

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2012 Apr-Sep, London, Foundling Museum, Master Builders of Delight.

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1913

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1913,0515.1

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

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

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