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Image: Captain William Wade by Thomas Gainsborough, 1771 Show image info

Captain William Wade by Thomas Gainsborough, 1771

Works of art

The Assembly Rooms holds a magnificent art collection on its walls, portraying the glittering society of 18th century Bath.

In 1771 Thomas Gainsborough, then living in the Circus nearby, painted a portrait of Captain William Wade as a present to the new Assembly Rooms. This picture of the first Master of Ceremonies at the new Assembly Rooms hung in the Octagon Room, as it does today. Captain Wade is dressed in the height of fashion, in a tight-fitting red silk suit and gold waistcoat. He wears his badge of office on a blue ribbon round his neck.

Other works of art now on display in the Assembly Rooms are not original to the building but are from Bath & North East Somerset Council’s collection, housed at the Victoria Art Gallery.

Download a full list of works of art at the Assembly Rooms here.