<p>These images are from an illustrated account of the celebrations to mark the Peace of 1814, which were particularly elaborate in the great London parks. The volume was written by Francis Blagdon, a jobbing publisher and journalist, co-editor of the <i>Morning post</i>, and a commercial as well as a political rival of William Cobbett. The scenes and events depicted include a fleet on the Serpentine commemorating Horatio Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile, a balloon ascent, a ‘revolving temple of concord’, and a Chinese bridge and pagoda erected in St James’s Park.</p>
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