Thomas Stothard was well known as a painter of historical subjects, in particular scenes from classical mythology and as a book illustrator. William Sharp collaborated with him on a number of his works and established himself as one of england's most accomplished engravers.
Vauxhall had a saloon for dancing. At a ball in 1792 the scrum was so great that many were driven back by lack of space to "beat the earth with free foot". There was also a magnificent illuminated supper room where guests feasted on fowls, raised pies, ribs of lamb, prawns and crayfish and wines "which so exhilerated them that they hadn't all dispersed by breakfast time".
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