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Alderman Richard Ford, Mayor of Bath (1730)

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Richard Ford was a member of Bath’s powerful business and political elite in the early 18th century. He was a member of the Corporation – the local authority that ran Bath. This was a body of around 40 individuals, who owned much of the property and made all of the important decisions in Bath.

In this painting Ford, with his full wig and generously cut coat, is depicted as every inch the wealthy, confident politician of the 1720s.

Bath Guildhall, Victoria Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    123 x 101 cm

  • Accession number

    BATVG : P : 1986.1

  • Acquisition method

    on loan from A. Leonard Fuller, 1926


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Bath Guildhall, Victoria Art Gallery

High Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 5AW England

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