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Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1840–1929), Director and Principal Librarian (1888–1909)

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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‘Long after ill health forced his retirement in August 1909, stories of his savage temper and autocratic disposition lingered in the folk memory of the museum’s staff’ (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Maunde Thompson, who was appointed Principal Librarian in 1888 (subsequently adding the title ‘and Director’) was an autocrat, his severe ideas of indecorous behaviour included failure by senior staff to wear a top hat on Museum premises and the crime by a junior of riding a bicycle in the street.

British Museum

London


Date

1909

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 116 x W 91 cm

Accession number

Painting.55

Acquisition method

presented to the sitter by a body of subscribers, and given by the sitter to the British Museum, 1917

Work type

Painting


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