Tickets and Passes of London from the David Young Collection

Date of Auction: 12th June 2018

Sold for £550

Estimate: £500 - £700

Gardens, Lambeth, Vauxhall Gardens, Arion, silver, unsigned [by R. Yeo after W. Hogarth], Arion holding lyre, riding on dolphin, scrolled border, back named (J. Fox Esqr), 40 x 34mm, 7.70g (W 1345; D & W 83/270). Minor marks and staining on back, otherwise very fine, old dusty tone, very rare; with integral loop for suspension £500-700


Provenance: DNW Auction T6, 19 March 2009, lot 638.

The origin of Vauxhall Gardens was the New Spring Garden, opened
c. 1661. In 1728 it was acquired by Jonathan Tyers, who relaunched the Gardens in 1732 with admission priced at a shilling. Season tickets, of which the following are examples, are thought to date closer to 1740 and their prices ranged from one guinea to two guineas. In 1821 the Gardens were sold and re-opened as ‘Royal’ gardens in June 1822; they were finally closed in 1859