'British Museum, London', c1900s. Creator: Unknown
'British Museum, London', c1900s. The British Museum in Bloomsbury, central London, was originally established by Sir Hans Sloane in 1759. The present neoclassical building, dating from 1857, was designed by Sir Robert Smirke. The Museum's collections of some 8 million items is among the largest and most comprehensive in the world, and include objects and works of art dating from prehistory.
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The Kings Library, London, 1878. Artist: Unknown
The King's Library, London, 1878. Assembled by George III, the King's Library contained over 65, 000 volumes and pamphlets from the Age of Enlightenment. The collection was given to the nation by George IV. It was housed in the British Museum from 1827 to 1997 before relocating to the present British Library. From Old and New London Illustrated, Vol IV, by Edward Walford. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris & New York, 1878]
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Southampton or Bloomsbury Square, London, 18th century (1907). Artist: Unknown
Southampton or Bloomsbury Square, London, 18th century (1907). Bloomsbury Square was laid out in the late 17th century by the Earl of Southampton, after whom it was originally named. The large house at the top was Bedford (previously Southampton) House, the residence of the Earl of Southampton and later the Dukes of Bedford. The square was originally fashionable with the upper classes, but had become less desirable by the early 19th century. Around this time the Duke of Bedford moved out and Bedford House was demolished to make way for terraced houses. The square became well known in the early 20th century because of its assoaciation with the Bloomsbury Group of artists. A print from The History of the Squares of London Topographical and Historical by E Beresford Chancellor, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co Ltd, London, 1907.
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