This effect can be seen most clearly from moves by three famous Bath portrait artists when the Upper Rooms were opened and became the most fashionable of the Bath Rooms.
Thomas Gainsborough moved from near the Abbey to the Circus where he lived at number 17, William Hoare moved from Queen Square to Edgar Buildings and Thomas Lawrence's father brought his young genius of a son to live at 2 Alfred Street where he built his reputation by painting small pastel portraits of the visitors to the Assemblies.
|A pastel portrait by Thomas Lawrence from the 1780s|
Sir Thomas Lawrence was the second president of the Royal Academy. Lawrence was a child prodigy. He was born in Bristol and began drawing in Devizes, where his father was an innkeeper. He moved to Bath at the age of ten in 1779 where he was supporting his family with his pastel portraits.