By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Please read our Use of Cookies policy.

Sir Edward Augustus Bond (1815–1898), Principal Librarian (1878–1888)

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

How can I use this image?


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

When Edward Bond, then Keeper of Manuscripts, was appointed Principal Librarian of the British Museum in 1878 it was ‘to the surprise of many, including himself’. In spite of this unpromising start he proved to be one of the most innovative of directors. Among his achievements was the introduction of electric light into the Reading Room, opening the Museum to the public every day, allowing the admission of babes in arms, the installation of sliding book presses to relieve pressure on space and the erection of the White Wing.

British Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    76.5 x 64.3 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift from the artist, daughter of the sitter, 1891


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London, Greater London WC1B 3DG England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue

How you can use this image

© All rights reserved

All images on Art UK are protected by copyright and image permissions vary across the Art UK website. Please check individual artwork pages for information about permitted use.

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

Some images on Art UK are available to purchase as prints and may be available to license for commercial purposes through the Art UK Shop.

For all other types of use please contact the owning collection. Their website may have more information about permitted uses and licensing.