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The New Rooms at Bath

The New Rooms at Bath

Engraver: Gandon, J

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1779

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXVII

Item number: 26-a-3

Length: 48

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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The New or Upper Assembly Rooms were built to a design by John Wood the Younger, after a more expensive plan by Robert Adam had been rejected. As the new and fashionable Upper Town had grown in the mid-18th century, the 1708 assembly rooms (also known as the Lower Rooms) were regarded as insufficient. The New Assembly Rooms contained a large tea room, an elegant ballroom and an octagonal card room. It became the hub of social life in Georgian Bath.

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