Hanging in Bath's Guildhall are portraits of many famous people. Some are high-profile figures of national significance, while others are known mainly for their contribution to Bath.


Test your knowledge with quiz questions based on ten of our favourite portraits in the Guildhall.


The answers can be found at the end, alongside some scene-setting Bath views.

13 artworks

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Henry VII (1457–1509)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Henry VII

What was Henry VII’s eldest child called?

a) Katharine b) Arthur c) Henry d) Margaret

Henry VII (1457–1509)
British School
Oil on panel
H 57.5 x W 45 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Richard Beau Nash (1674–1761)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Richard 'Beau' Nash

What attracted Nash to Bath?

a) The Roman remains b) Gambling c) Spa treatment for gout d) The excellent food

Richard Beau Nash (1674–1761)
William Hoare (1707–1792) (attributed to)
Oil on canvas
H 88.5 x W 67 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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General George Wade (1673–1748)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

General George Wade

What DIDN’T Wade do?

a) Serve as Master of Ceremonies in Bath’s Assembly Rooms b) Defeat Jacobite rebellions c) Serve as MP for Bath d) Mastermind road building schemes in Scotland

General George Wade (1673–1748) c.1730
Johan van Diest (1695–1757)
Oil on canvas
H 254 x W 152 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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William Pulteney (1684–1764), Earl of Bath
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

William Pulteney

What is Pulteney famous for?

a) Archaeological discoveries in Bath b) Building Bath’s Pulteney Bridge c) Being Prime Minister for only 2 days d) Building Bath’s Pulteney Street

William Pulteney (1684–1764), Earl of Bath
Charles Jervas (c.1675–1739)
Oil on canvas
H 75 x W 62 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Frederick Louis (1707–1751), Prince of Wales
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Frederick, Prince of Wales

Frederick died young and never succeeded to the throne. Who became monarch instead?

a) George III b) Queen Victoria c) George II d) William IV

Frederick Louis (1707–1751), Prince of Wales c.1738
Jeremiah Davison (c.1695–1745)
Oil on canvas
H 244 x W 152 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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William Pitt (1708–1778), Earl of Chatham
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

William Pitt

How long was Pitt Prime Minister for?

a) 2 years b) 7 years c) 13 years d) 18 years

William Pitt (1708–1778), Earl of Chatham
William Hoare (1707–1792)
Oil on canvas
H 254 x W 178 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Sir Charles Pratt (1714–1794)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Charles Pratt

Which area of London is named after Charles Pratt?

a) Chelsea b) Lambeth c) Paddington d) Camden Town

Sir Charles Pratt (1714–1794) 1765
William Hoare (1707–1792)
Oil on canvas
H 254 x W 178 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Queen Charlotte Sophia (1744–1818)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Queen Charlotte

How many children did Queen Charlotte have?

a) 4 b) 9 c) 15 d) 18

Queen Charlotte Sophia (1744–1818) c.1779
Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792) (studio of)
Oil on canvas
H 254 x W 152 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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George III (1738–1820)
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

George III

Which of the following was NOT one of George III’s children?

a) William IV b) Charlotte, Queen of Wurtemberg c) Queen Victoria d) George IV

George III (1738–1820) c.1779
Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792) (studio of)
Oil on canvas
H 254 x W 152 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Major Charles Edward Davis (1827–1902), with His Dog
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

Major Davis

Which of the following was Major Davis NOT known for?

a) Excavating the Roman Baths b) Designing Bath’s Empire Hotel c) Breeding tortoises d) Having badly behaved dogs

Major Charles Edward Davis (1827–1902), with His Dog
Leonard Frank Skeats (1874–1943)
Oil on canvas
H 91.5 x W 71 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Royal Crescent, Bath
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Henry VII B: Arthur.
Arthur Prince of Wales died age of 15. His younger brother Henry became heir to the throne

Beau Nash B: Gambling Although he served as Bath’s Master of Ceremonies for several decades, gambling was Nash’s real passion. It was rife in 18th century Bath.

General Wade A: Serve as Master of Ceremonies However in 1769 his great-nephew William Wade took on this role.

William Pulteney, Earl of Bath C: Prime Minister for 2 days.
Another Pulteney was responsible for the famous Bath building projects.

Royal Crescent, Bath
Joseph Sheldon (active 1784–1821)
Oil on wood
H 32.5 x W 51.6 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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Pulteney Bridge, Weirs and Old Saint Michael's Church, Bath
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Frederick, Prince of Wales A: George III George was Frederick’s eldest son. William IV was one of his grandchildren, Queen Victoria was his great granddaughter.

William Pitt, Earl of Chatham A: 2 years. Pitt spent years as leader of the opposition but was only briefly Prime Minister. His son, Pitt the Younger, was also Prime Minister – for nearly 2 decades.

Charles Pratt D: Camden Town One of Pratt’s titles was Earl Camden. He owned land in Kentish Town, north of London. In the 1790s he granted leases for development there. It became known as Camden Town

Pulteney Bridge, Weirs and Old Saint Michael's Church, Bath
Joseph Sheldon (active 1784–1821)
Oil on wood
H 23 x W 44 cm
Victoria Art Gallery

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South Parade, Bath
Image credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Queen Charlotte C: 15 Queen Charlotte had her first baby in 1762. Over the next 21 years she had 14 more. All except 2 lived to adulthood.

George III C: Queen Victoria. Victoria was George III’s granddaughter.

Major Charles Davis C: He wasn’t a tortoise breeder Charles Davis had a varied and successful career as Bath’s city architect. He designed the Empire Hotel and many other well-known buildings.

South Parade, Bath
Joseph Sheldon (active 1784–1821)
Oil on wood
H 23.5 x W 45 cm
Victoria Art Gallery