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Sir Frederic Madden (1801–1873), Keeper of Manuscripts (1837–1866)

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Sir Frederic Madden joined the Museum in 1828, becoming Keeper of Manuscripts in 1837. He retired in 1866. He is one of the great nineteenth-century diarists, whose 40-volume diary, estimated at four million words and still not fully published, covers the years 1819 to 1872. It includes fascinating details of nineteenth-century life, scholarly references to manuscripts and an account of the British Museum at a time when the staff lived on site.

British Museum

London

  • Date

    c.1837

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    95 x 80 cm

  • Accession number

    Painting.53

  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by a descendant, Mrs Windham Holley, née Madden, 1923; on loan to the British Library, since 1990

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