This week I have a very fine Derby figure for you of a "Ranelagh" dancer from the 1760s. She would originally have come with a male companion - I am still on the look out to find him.
Her name comes from the Ranelagh Gardens in Chelsea, London. These were the most popular pleasure grounds. If you've watched Bridgerton on Netflix you will have seen the important role pleasure grounds played in 18th and early 19th Century society; it was where eligible ladies and gentlemen would show off their best frocks, charm and wealth. The ladies were, of course, accompanied by mothers and aunts who would carefully assess the gentlemen on their suitability and fiercely guard the honour of their charges.