This picture is of one of the very first shows organized by the RHS.
It took place in Chiswick way before the show moved to the Royal Hospital a hundred years ago. 1829 was not a good year for weather and the show was disastrously rained out. The Morning Posts reported that “ …standing nearly ankle-deep in water, coming from wet gravel; shrieks were dreadful, and the loss of shoes particularly annoying! Even when parties got possession of standing room at the several tables, what was even then their situation? . . . the tents were erected in a valley, to which all the water from the high grounds found its way.”
No fête was held in 1830.