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Ralph Allen (1694–1764), Alderman

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Ralph Allen was appointed postmaster of Bath in 1712, aged only 19. He reformed the British postal system, making it more efficient and more profitable. Allen became wealthy through his work on the post. He invested the money in Bath’s stone quarries. Thanks to the building boom in Georgian Bath, Allen made a second fortune.

He became one of the most influential people in Bath’s history.

Bath Guildhall, Victoria Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    117 x 95 cm

  • Accession number

    BATVG : P : 1984.9

  • Acquisition method

    gift to the Corporation from General George Wade, 1728; on loan from the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath


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