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Prospect of the City of Bath

Prospect of the City of Bath

Artist: Buck, Samuel and Nathaniel

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1734

Shelfmark: K.Top. 37

Item number: 25.c

Genre: Topographical Print

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This view of Bath by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck shows the city nestling in the hills beside the River Avon. A picnic party dances in the pastoral foreground, which also includes a shepherd and bird-catcher.

Beneath the view is a brief history of the city accompanied by a numbered key to places of interest, among them the monument erected in the Grove by Richard ‘Beau’ Nash "in Memory of ye Recovery of the Prince of Orange".

Bath was a fashionable health resort during the 18th century, a popular outpost of society during the ’season’ when the well–to–do came down from London to take the spa waters and find a little summer romance. "At Bath," Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders tell us, "Men find a Mistress sometimes, but rarely look for a Wife; and consequently all the particular Acquaintances a Woman can Expect to make there must have some Tendency that way."

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