Richard ('Beau') Nash (1674-1762), Man of fashion
Sitter in 4 portraits
Beau Nash, born Richard Nash, was a celebrated dandy and leader of fashion in eighteenth-century Britain. Nash served as an army officer and was then called to the Bar, but made little of either career. In 1704 he became Master of Ceremonies at the rising spa town of Bath, a position that he retained until his death, and for which he is best remembered. He played a leading role in making Bath the most fashionable resort in England at the time.