In the 1700s, Bath was second only to London for the quality and variety of music, art and
theatre on offer. Musicians, artists and actors would come to the city to entertain the wealthy spa visitors who needed diversions when they weren’t busy with treatments. Here they would develop their skills and attract a following and a good reputation before moving on to further fame and fortune in London.
Entertainment in Bath features works from the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection, as well as
loans from the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Collection Trust. They depict the creative stars of regency Bath and the venues where they performed.