The South Front of the British Museum, from the Quadrangle


Montagu House was built in Bloomsbury by the Duke of Montagu (1638-1709) in 1676. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1686 and was later purchased by the Trustees of the newly founded British Museum in 1755. Until it was demolished in the 1840s Montagu House provided much of the accommodation for the Museum, until the construction of the new building, designed by Sir Robert Smirke (1780-1867), between 1823 and 1845.

Full title:
The Buildings of the British Museum. [A short history compiled by Sir F. G. Kenyon.] Illustrated from prints and drawings. Prepared by order of the Trustees on the occasion of the Opening of King Edward the Seventh's Galleries, May, 1914.
1914, London
Facsimilie of copperplate engraving
John Chessell Buckler
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