Description: Richard Nash (1674-1761), the self-appointment Master of Ceremonies in Bath (1705-61) and Tunbridge Wells (1735-61) set the rules for acceptable visitors and their behaviour during the season. Helped make Bath an influential part of Georgian society, including breaking barriers between the upper and middle classes. Died in penury due to gambling debts, his funeral was paid for by the city Corporation. Shown wearing his trademark white tricorn hat.
Painted by William Hoare (1707-1792), oil on canvas. Came to Bath in 1738 and was the leading portraitist here before Gainsborough (both were founding members of the Royal Academy). Often produced several versions of portraits, including multiple prints (see images 13786, 21358 for example). Donated this portrait to Bath City Corporation in the 18th century.