known for his silver and Old Master paintings, Sir William also collected
Italian bronzes, such as the famous Susini once owned by King Louis
XIV, maiolica, porcelain, glass, furniture and portrait miniatures.
His legacy has since been greatly enriched with landscapes by Guardi
and Turner, portraits by Stubbs, Ramsay, Zoffany and of course Gainsborough,
who spent sixteen formative years in Bath.
Bath connections are also well represented by Angelica Kauffmann's portrait
of Henrietta Laura Pulteney, Hone's miniature of Beau Nash, the city's
famous Master of Ceremonies and Joseph Plura's masterpiece Diana and
Endymion, made in Bath in 1752.
1977 the Museum has also housed the Crafts Study Centre, with its unique
archive of 20th century British craft, furniture by Ernest Gimson, textiles,
calligraphy and ceramics by Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie.