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Jonathan Tyers (1702-1767), Proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens

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Jonathan Tyers came from a family of Bermondsey fellmongers, dealers in skins and hides. In 1728 he obtained a lease for Vauxhall Gardens, later purchasing the gardens outright. Tyers made the gardens hugely popular among the fashionable elite as an evening entertainment venue offering promenades, music, artworks and high quality 'supper boxes'. In Tyers's time, the clientele regularly included the Prince of Wales, aristocrats and wealthy landowners and merchants. One of the great attractions of the gardens was that anybody who could afford the one shilling admission could mix with such people on an equal footing.

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Jonathan Tyers and his family

by Francis Hayman
oil on canvas, 1740
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5588