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Richard Nash (1674–1761)

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Richard Nash was, during his lifetime, known as the ‘King of Bath’. He was Master of Ceremonies, a role which involved keeping social life in Bath running smoothly. He enforced standards of good behaviour and made introductions. He was a leader of fashion, and played a vital role in establishing Bath as an essential place to see and be seen for the wealthy in Georgian England. The white hat he wears in this portrait was his trademark. He loved gambling and as an old man lived in relative poverty as a result.

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oil on canvas


H 77 x W 65 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1984.6

Acquisition method

bequeathed to the City of Bath by Councillor William Lewis, JP, 1900; on loan to the Guildhall, Bath

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