David E Coke

David Coke F.S.A., was curator of Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 1976-79, where he organised the exhibition The Muses’ Bower, Vauxhall Gardens 1728-1786. While Director of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (1981-1997) he curated the Vauxhall Gardens section in the 1984 Rococo exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Publications include: The Muses’ Bower, Vauxhall Gardens 1728-1786. Exhibition Catalogue Gainsborough’s House ; contributed the Vauxhall Gardens Section in Rococo – Art and Design in Hogarth’s England 1728-1786 (V&A, London, 1984); the article on Pleasure Gardens for the Oxford Companion to Gardens (1986); section on 20th Century Art in Chichester Cathedral – An Historical Survey, ed Mary Hobbs (Phillimore, 1994); he edited Hans Feibusch: The Heat of Vision, (Lund Humphries, 1995) and more recently has published ‘Roubiliac’s Handel for Vauxhall Gardens: A sculpture in context’, The Sculpture Journal, 16.2, Autumn 2007. Together with Dr. Alan Borg, his most recent publication is Vauxhall Gardens: A History (Yale University Press, 2011).


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