Lambeth Landmark Images. Date : 1804 Vauxhall Gardens, Vauxhall. The orchestra stand illuminated on a Gala Night. Showing singers and musicians entertaining the public in the centre of the grove. On either side can be seen the colonnade and supper-boxes. A contemporary account noted, 'when it grows dark the garden near the orchestra is illuminated, almost in an instant, with about 1,500 glass lamps, which glitter among the trees, and render it exceedingly light and brilliant'.
The Italian Walk at Vauxhall Gardens.'The trees in these gardens are scattered here with a pleasing confusion. At some distance are several notable vistas of very tall trees, where spaces between each are filled up with neat hedges, and on the inside are planted flowers and sweet-smelling shrubs. Some of these vistas terminate in a view of ruins, and others in a prospect of the adjacent country, and some are adorned with the painted representation of triumphal arches'.Engraving by W.P., c.1830.