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The Old Royal Library of the Sovereigns of England having been given to the British Museum by George II, his successor, the scholarly George III, was determined to build up his own library worthy of a monarch. Barnard, who joined the royal household in the mid 1760s and in 1774 was appointed Librarian, has been described as the 'true creator of the King’s Library'. In 1823 George IV offered the library to the nation.
oil on canvas
H 123.2 x W 100 cm
gift from a descendant, Mrs L. A. Johnson, 1926; on loan to the British Library, since 1990