Bath, BA2. At the eastern end of Great Pulteney Street, this fine late 18th century building began life as the Sydney Hotel, the heart of the Sydney Pleasure Gardens which were visited by Jane Austen from nearby Sydney Place. Transformed into the Holburne Museum in 1916, it now houses the superb art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in 19th century Bath. The museum is situated in lovely grounds which are open to the public, it reopened after a new wing was built in 2011. Bath, BA2. The Holburne Museum is one of Britain’s outstanding small museums. Located in the historic city of Bath, it houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in nineteenth-century Bath which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of both national and international significance. Artists represented in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany.The Museum is set within the park of Sydney Gardens, an eighteenth-century Pleasure Garden. The building was originally designed as the Sydney Hotel, and was built by Charles Harcourt Masters in 1795–6. During the course of the nineteenth century the building went through a number of changes of use, as well as structural alterations, until in 1913-16 it was converted by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield to become the present home of the Holburne Museum. The extension was designed by Eric parry Architects. The Holburne has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
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