We know very little about Nathan Nathan's early life. From his Will we see that he was married to Elizabeth (née Levy) and that they had a son Solomon who was circumcised in June 1817 in Bevis Marks Synagogue in London.
In 1822 Nathan Nathan is listed in London City Directories as a 'Dealer in Old China' living at 1 Charles Street. By 1830 the family had moved to 123 Wardour Street London and Nathan is listed as a Curiosity Dealer.
In December 1833 an advert in the Bath Chronicle informed 'the Nobility, Gentry and Visitors of Bath that N Nathan has now opened a shop at No. 2 Walks, North Parade'. A second advert in March 1837 is for 'N Nathan and Son Antique Foreign Furniture, China, No 9 New Bond Street, London Residence 123 Wardour Street'.
An 1835 advert for the sale of the freehold describes 2 The Walks as 'Consisting of a handsome shop, spacious room adjoining and small parlour on the ground floor; three drawing rooms and seven superior bedrooms above, with extensive offices below, arched vaults etc. The whole forming a most desirable compact property in a situation hourly rising in public estimation form the great improvements now in progress in this part of town'. Today the building is called Bridgewater House.
Nathan died at 2 Walks in October 1838, aged 62. Solomon was present at his death. We believe he was buried in Bath in one of the graves where the headstone is now missing or indecipherable.