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'Grand Gala at the Mermaid Gardens, Hackney'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1831 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watkins (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    letterpress with a woodcut royal crest

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box V

Physical description

Playbill for a gala in honour of King William IV, held at the Mermaid Gardens, Hackney, on 13 June 1831. Entertainments include a concert, Montgolfier balloon flight, fireworks and dancing.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1831 (printed)


Watkins (printers)

Materials and Techniques

letterpress with a woodcut royal crest

Marks and inscriptions

Watkins, Printer, 3, South Side Kingsland Green


Height: 64.1 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Object history note

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

Letterpress and woodcut playbill for a Grand Gala at the Mermaid Gardens, Hackney, printed by Watkins, London, 1831

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist.


Paper (fiber product)


Letterpress printing; Woodcut

Subjects depicted

Pleasure gardens; Gala; Fireworks; Balloons


London history; Printed pages & sheets; Entertainment & Leisure; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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