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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.
oil on canvas
76.5 x 64.3 cm
gift from the artist, daughter of the sitter, 1891
Great Russell Street, London, Greater London WC1B 3DG EnglandView venue
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