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The King’s Library was built with funds provided by Parliament to house the library of George III, given to the nation by his son George IV in 1823. This ornate room, designed by Sir Robert Smirke, was the first phase in Smirke’s reconstruction of the Museum building. Intended for storage and as a work room, it was briefly opened to the general public in 1851. Full public access was granted from 1857.
oil on board
29 x 39 cm
presented by Mrs Gwen Hilton, niece of Sir George Hill, Director and Principal Librarian (1931–1936), 1964; on loan to the British Library