Bath 25 h
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This view of Bath shows in particular the medieval abbey church at the centre of the old town. During the 18th century, Bath became a fashionable pleasure resort and as such it was extensively rebuilt and renovated. The result was spectacular: the medieval city plan was replaced with an orderly series of squares, crescents and terraces. Dozens of elegant new townhouses were also built, and Bath became one of the most beautiful cities of its era.
This early 19th-century view shows a much different cityscape than would have been seen a hundred years earlier. Rows of neat Georgian terraces can be seen spanning the hillside that overlooks the city from the north. This hillside are became known as the New or Upper Town. By this time, a huge amount of rebuilding had been complete and Bath was supremely fashionable as the model of a city-resort.