Object number : BATVG : PD : 2000.12

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Thomas Rowlandson was one of the foremost comic artists of the Georgian period. He is best known for his social satires, but also produced portraits, marine paintings and landscapes. Rowlandson is thought to have visited Bath with the amateur caricaturist John Nixon.

Published in 1798, ‘The Comforts of Bath’ satirised life and society in Bath. The twelve prints encompassed all the essentials of a fashionable person’s stay in the city: going to a ball, taking the waters, gambling and eating good food.

Each of the prints includes the figure of an overweight, gouty gentleman in a full-bottomed wig. For Rowlandson this character represented the typical visitor to Bath.

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Location status : Available to view by appointment