British Tokens, Tickets and Passes (27 August 2020)
Date of Auction: 27th August 2020
Sold for £1,500
Estimate: £700 - £900
FootnoteProvenance: D.T. Batty Collection; W. Longman Collection, Glendining Auction, 12-13 March 1958, lot 262 (part); D.L. Spence Collection, Part II, DNW Auction 67A, 29 September 2005, lot 1703 [from Baldwin November 1973]; R.S. Bole Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 68A, 15 December 2005, lot 2097.
Superior to the specimen illustrated in DH; only one other example seen by the cataloguer in commerce. Thomas Keys, or Keyse (1722-1800), b. Gloucester, a self-taught artist, bought the Waterman's Arms and four acres of land in Bermondsey in 1766, which he laid out as a tea-garden and named it the Bermondsey Spa Garden; subsequently he hosted musical concerts and erected a picture gallery and museum on the site. After Keys’ death the popularity of the Garden declined and by 1806 it had closed