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The Hot Baths, Bath

The Hot Baths, Bath

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15546

Item number: f.125

Length: 18.6

Width: 26

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

View of visitors to the Hot Baths at Bath, Somerset. Designed by John Wood the Younger, the Hot Baths were opened in 1778. The building is in the Palladian style and is simple and not particularly decorated. The internal layout is symmetrical and centred around the octagonal Bath. Besides the bath there are lobbies, dressing rooms, and private slip baths. Like other of Bath's baths, this bath was in use in the middle ages, but was rebuilt several times. The water from Bath's springs was thought to have curative properties and invalids flocked to drink and bathe there.

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