Focus on Georgian ‘selfies.’


Bath’s premier period house – No 1 Royal Crescent – is currently showing its visitors that the whole social media thing is nothing new.


While we – in this age of Instagram – are surrounded by carefully-created images of ideal lifestyles and standards – the city’s Georgian residents had their own way of making a mark in society – but with a different medium.

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Image Control – Understanding the Georgian Selfie‘ – sets out to show how the 18th century’s well-to-do families manipulated oil paintings, prints and busts to share their status.


It also draws attention to the first resident at this address – a Mr Henry Sandford – and, as so far no image of him has been found, offers three contemporary artistic ‘takes’ on this fascinating character.

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No 1 is one of several museums in the Bath Preservation Trust’s family – all of which are following the ‘image’ theme this year – as Museum Manager Lizzie Johansson-Hartley explains.

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