Object number : BATVG : PD : 1918.296

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Production date/period : 1798
Production place : London

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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.

Rowlandson's series 'The Comforts of Bath' was published in 1798. Satirising life and society in Bath, the twelve prints encompassed all the essential elements 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.

This print depicts Bath's famous Pump Room, where visitors came to 'take the waters' as a treatment for their ailments. The statue in the niche, which seems to preside over the scene, is of Beau Nash, Bath's Master of Ceremonies, who was responsible for enforcing standards of dress and etiquette.

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Location status : Available to view by appointment