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John Winter Jones (1805–1881), Principal Librarian (1866–1878)

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John Winter Jones joined the Museum in 1837 and became a protégé of the great librarian Antonio Panizzi, succeeding him as Keeper of Printed Books in 1856 and as Principal Librarian in 1866, retiring in 1878. Panizzi is often credited with the formulation of the 91 rules for scientific cataloguing but these were originated by Jones who was also much involved in the building of the Round Reading Room. This is a copy of a portrait by W. S. Herrick and was donated by his daughters Mrs Nicholson and Miss Ellen Winter Jones.

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John Winter Jones (1805–1881), Principal Librarian (1866–1878)




oil on canvas


H 102.2 x W 89.7 cm

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presented by the sitter's daughters, Mrs Nicholson and Miss Ellen Winter Jones, 1891; on loan to the British Library, since 1990

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