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Allen, Brian, 'Francis Hayman and the Supper-box Paintings for Vauxhall Gardens'. The Rococo in England: A Symposium, Ed. Charles Hind. (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986), pp.113–133

Allen, Brian, Francis Hayman (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1987)

de Bolla, Peter, The Education of the Eye (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2003). Chapter 2 is entitled 'Vauxhall Gardens: The Visibility of Visuality'.

Coke, David, The Muse's Bower, Vauxhall Gardens 1728–1786 (Sudbury, Gainsborough's House, 1978);

Coke, David, ' Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens' in Michael Snodin (ed), Rococo—Art and Design in Hogarth's England 17281786 (London: Victoria & Albert Museum / Trefoil Books, 1984)

Coke, David, 'Pleasure Gardens' in Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and others (eds), Oxford Companion to Gardens (Oxford University Press,1986)

Coke, David, 'Roubiliac's Handel for Vauxhall Gardens: A sculpture in context', The Sculpture Journal, 16.2, (Autumn 2007), p.441

Coke, David, 'Vauxhall Gardens' and 'Ranelagh Gardens', Literary Encyclopedia Online (2007, 2009)

Coke, David, and Borg, Alan, Vauxhall Gardens: a History, (Published in London for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britsh Art by the Yale University Press, 2011)

Coke, David, 'Patriotism and Pleasure', History Today, May 2012

Coke, David, The Triumph of Pleasure, Vauxhall Gardens 1729-1786, Exhibition Guide, (Foundling Museum, London,2012)

Coke David E., Six Essays on Vauxhall Gardens (Caret Press in association with The Vauxhall Society, 2022)

Coke David E., The London Journal of John Mackay, 1837-38, ed.Sheila O'Connell (The London Topographical Society, 2022) for a very short reference to Vauxhall Gardens.

Conan, Michael (ed), Bourgeois and Aristocratic Cultural Encounters in Garden Art, 1550–1850 (Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2002). Includes a chapter by Gregory Nosan entitled 'Pavilions, Power, and Patriotism: Garden Architecture at Vauxhall'.'

Conlin, Jonathan, 'Vauxhall Revisited: The Afterlife of a London Pleasure Garden, 17701859' in The Journal of British Studies, 45 (October 2006), pp.718743

Corfield, Penelope, J., Vauxhall Sex and Entertainment: London's Pioneering Urban Pleasure Garden (London, History and Social Action Publications, 2012)

Davies, Ross, Vauxhall, a Little History (London: Nine Elms Press, 2009) pp. 12-25

Downing, Sarah Jane, The English Pleasure Garden 1660-1860 (Oxford and New York, Shire Publications, 2009)

Edelstein T.J., [ed.], Vauxhall Gardens, Exhibition Catalogue (New Haven: Yale Center for British Art, 1983)

Ogborn, Miles, Spaces of Modernity: London's Geographies, 1680–1780 (London & New York: Guilford Press, 1988)

Potter, Russell A., 'Icebergs at Vauxhall', Victorian Review, Vol. 36, No. 2.(Fall, 2010) pp. 27-31

Sadie, Stanley, (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edn. (London: Macmillan, 2002)

Scott, W.S., Green Retreats. The Story of Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859 (London: Odhams, 1955)

Simon, Jacob [ed.], Handel: A Celebration of his Life & Times, 1685–1759 (London: National Portrait Gallery, 1985)

Snodin, Michael, [ed.], Rococo, Art and Design in Hogarth's England (London,: Victoria & Albert Museum/Trefoil Books, 1984)

Solkin, David H., Painting for Money: The Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth Century England (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992), Chapter 4

Southworth, James Granville, Vauxhall Gardens: A Chapter in the Social History of England (New York: Columbia University Press, 1941)

Walford, Edward, Old and New London: A Narrative of its History, its People and its Places Vol. IV, (London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, n.d. [1873-8]), pp.447- 467

Wroth, Warwick and Arthur Edgar, The London Pleasure Gardens of the Eighteenth Century (London: Macmillan, 1896)


Many books, from the 17th to the 20th centuries, include mentions of Vauxhall Gardens, and many writers clearly knew it well; the following list includes only those where a significant scene is set at the gardens, or those which give useful information or comment about the gardens.

Addison, Joseph, The Spectator (20 May 1712)

Ainsworth, William Harrison, The Miser's Daughter (London, 1848)

Burney, Fanny, Evelina (London, 1778)

Burney, Fanny [d'Arblay, Frances], Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress (London, 1782)

Collins, Wilkie, No Name, first published in parts in All the Year Round, Dickens' weekly Journal, from March 15, 1862 until January 17, 1863.

Congreve, William, Love for Love (1695)

Dickens, Charles, Sketches by Boz (London, 1836), pp.214, 217-8

Egan, Pierce, Life in London ( London,1821), Chapter 14

Etherege, Sir George, She Would if She Could (1667)

Fielding, Henry, Amelia (London, 1752), Vol. III, p.300f.

Goldsmith, Oliver, The Citizen of the World (London, 1762), Letters LXVIII & LXXI

Sedley, Sir Charles, Bellamira (1687)

Smollett, Tobias, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771), pp.129-30

Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair (London, 1848) Vol I, p.47

Thackeray, William Makepeace, The History of Pendennis: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy (London, 184850)

Wycherley, William, The Gentleman Dancing Master (1673)

Wycherley, William, Love in a Wood; or, St. James's Park (1672), Act III, sc.2

Vanbrugh, Sir John, The Provok'd Wife (1697)