ROWLANDSON, Thomas.
The Comforts of Bath.

Published
London: S.W. Fores, 1798.
References
Grego I, 333-349; BM Cat. 9321; Abbey Scenery 40; Tooley 408; Bobins 716.
Plates
12
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
$5,001-25,000
Ref
5138

Oblong 4to. without text, as issued, 12 hand coloured aquatint plates, each mounted and titled "Comforts of Bath", numbered 1-12. In full navy blue morocco by Zaehnsdord, lettered in gilt direct, decorative gilt inner dentelles, raised bands in gilt to spine, preserved in a purpose made half morocco oblong box. These plates were used to illustrate Ansley's New Bath Guide and no text was ever issued. A reprint was produced in 1860.

Coloured plates in order:

1. [Comforts of Bath] Gentleman being seen to by a number of Doctors.
2. [Comforts of Bath] Lady singing before an audience.
3. [Comforts of Bath] People lining up to drink the health giving spa waters.
4. [Comforts of Bath] At the fish merchants.
5. [Comforts of Bath] Gentleman and a Lady riding together - followed by an elderly man.
6. [Comforts of Bath] An elderly husband having his portrait painted, while his wife and (younger) lover embrace, out of sight.
7. [Comforts of Bath] Citizens taking a bath in the spa waters.
8. [Comforts of Bath] A gentleman being announced, as he enters a select gathering in a wealthy home.
9. [Comforts of Bath] A pair of well fed gentlemen 'dining at table'.
10. [Comforts of Bath] A dance.
11. [Comforts of Bath] A raucous table sitting arrangement.
12. [Comforts of Bath] The good people of Bath, stumbling and falling down a hill in (very) windy conditions.