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  • Painting by William Hoare R.A. 1706 - 1792

Beau Nash man of fashion

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Beau Nash, Man of fashion 1674-1761. By artist William Hoare

At the start of the 18th century Bath was becoming a bit of a decayed city, then in walked Beau Nash, he was a bit of a dandy. He was a wigged adventurer. He dropped out from from Oxford University, the army and the law, he earned his money as a gambler and was an exquisite socialite. With Queen Anne's visit to Bath in 1802 Beau Nash saw his chance to make a fortune and influential friends. he Immediately set about transforming Bath into a fashionable resort in which his gambling skills would thrive. Within just three years he had raised a considerable sum of money for the repair of Bath's bad roads. Beau Nash and his great new city of pleasure and social elegance grew side by side. As Nash's influence increased, so Bath with its splendid new public buildings, orchestras and balls, began to rival London as the place to be seen.