Nicholas conceived great plans for beautifying and developing Rome.
The first Lord Bathurst (1684-1 7 75) devoted himself to beautifying the fine demesne of Oakley Park, which he planted and adorned with remarkable artificial ruins.
Much money was spent on public works and the restoration and beautifying of Rome - a new forum, the splendid temple of Peace, the public baths and the vast Colosseum being begun under Vespasian.
Temporary financial embarrassment followed, but when the Federal government had taken upon itself half the burden and established the economic administration of the commissioners, the problem of beautifying the nation's capital was solved.
He was a man of great wealth, which he spent in beautifying Rome.