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Christopher Anstey (1724-1805), Poet

Sitter associated with 4 portraits
For many years Christopher Anstey (1724-1805) was Member of Parliament for Trumpington, the Cambridgeshire town where he was born. A country gentleman, he lived a quiet life with a large family that eventually totalled thirteen children. His sister's death around 1759 brought on an illness that led him to visit Bath, eighteenth-century Britain's most fashionable health and leisure resort. Following regular visits, in 1766 Anstey wrote The New Bath Guide - a satiric poem that was an instant success. Four years later, Anstey moved permanently to Bath where he was a celebrity.

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Unknown man, formerly known as Christopher Anstey

attributed to Francis Alleyne
oil on canvas, circa 1790
NPG 1339


Christopher Anstey

by William Hoare
etching, 1779
NPG D15269


Christopher Anstey

by George Perfect Harding, after William Hoare
pencil after etching, (1778)
NPG D5635