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ANTIQUE PRINTS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THE BOOK-CASES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : THE BOOK-CASES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

[London : 1878 (or later)]. An interesting antique print – a view of the celebrated iron book-stacks that lay behind the old round reading room of the British Museum (later the British Library). Originally produced for the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Wood engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 106 x 145mm (approx. 4-1/8” x 5-5/8”). Text on verso. In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THE BRITISH MUSEUM. (NEW FRONT).

[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : THE BRITISH MUSEUM. (NEW FRONT).

London : Read & Co., [1855]. A highly attractive antique print – Robert Smirke’s classical facade and portico, opened in 1847 – the courtyard criss-crossed with fashionably attired visitors – from the scarce part-work series generally known as “The World’s Metropolis, or Mighty London, Illustrated by a Series of Views Beautifully Engraved on Steel” (London : 1851-1855).
Steel line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 169 x 229mm (approx. 6-5/8” x 9”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 213/076.

£100

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ANTIQUE PRINT: READING ROOM IN BRITISH MUSEUM.

[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : READING ROOM IN BRITISH MUSEUM.

[London : Cassell & Co., 1878]. A handsome antique print of the splendid old round reading room of the British Museum designed by Sydney Smirke – readers in formal Victorian attire deep in study. Originally produced as a supplementary presentation plate to the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 154 x 197mm (approx. 6-1/8” x 7-3/4”). A couple of faint and tiny marks to outer blank margins, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM, – ADDITIONAL LIBRARY.

JEWITT, Llewellynn, 1816-1886 : BRITISH MUSEUM, – ADDITIONAL LIBRARY.

[London : J. Mead, 1844]. An attractive antique print of the old "Arch Room" at the British Museum, built by Sydney Smirke in 1841 for storing incunabula. Engraved by one of the Radclyffe family (both Edward and William worked on this series) from an original sketch by Llewellynn Jewitt F.S.A. and originally produced for the part-work “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 213 x 139mm (approx. 8-3/8” x 5-1/2”). A few faint surface creases, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/076.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM, – ELGIN ROOM.

JEWITT, Llewellynn, 1816-1886 : BRITISH MUSEUM, – ELGIN ROOM.

[London : J. Mead, 1844]. An attractive antique print of the room at the British Museum containing the Grecian antiquities bought for the nation in 1816 from Thomas Bruce, Seventh Earl of Elgin (1766-1841). Engraved by one of the Radclyffe family (both Edward and William worked on this series) from an original sketch by Llewelyn Jewitt F.S.A. Originally produced for the part-work series “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 208 x 141mm (approx. 8-1/4” x 5-5/8”). Trimmed a little tight at foot, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/075.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: READING ROOM IN BRITISH MUSEUM.

MACLURE, Andrew & MACDONALD, Archibald Gray : READING ROOM IN BRITISH MUSEUM.

London : Cassell & Co., [1878]. A handsome antique print of the splendid old round reading room of the British Museum designed by Sydney Smirke – readers in formal Victorian attire deep in study. Originally produced as a supplementary presentation plate to the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Lithograph on paper. Engraved surface 153 x 200mm (approx. 6” x 7-7/8”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: EGYPTIAN ROOM, BRITISH MUSEUM.

[PAYNE, Albert Henry, 1812-1902] : EGYPTIAN ROOM, BRITISH MUSEUM.

[London : J. Tallis, 1852]. A pleasant antique print of the elegant interior of the Egyptian gallery of the Museum. An engraving from the workshop of A. H. Payne, originally produced for Payne’s “Illustrated London, or a Series of Views in the British Metropolis and its Vicinity” (London : 1846-1847), and here in a slightly later impression.
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 94 x 140mm (approx. 3-3/4” x 5-1/2”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 207/067.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM.

SCHNEBBELIE, Robert Blemmel, 1781-1847 : BRITISH MUSEUM.

London : James Stratford, 1805. An attractive antique print of the old courtyard of the British Museum. Engraved by Ambrose William Warren (1780-1856) from an original study by Robert Blemmel Schnebbelie. Originally produced for the part-work by “Dr David Hughson” [David Pugh] known as "London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis" (1805-1809).
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 104 x 167mm (approx. 4-1/8” x 6-1/2”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM – THE READING ROOM.

SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : BRITISH MUSEUM – THE READING ROOM.

[London : J. Mead, 1842]. A highly attractive antique print of the surprisingly bustling interior of the original reading room of the British Museum, packed with readers and tables overflowing with books. Engraved by Henry Melville (1792-1870) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd. Originally produced for the part-work “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 145 x 187mm (approx. 5-3/4” x 7-1/4”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/009.

£50

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM, GREAT RUSSEL [sic] STREET.

[SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864] : BRITISH MUSEUM, GREAT RUSSEL [sic] STREET.

[London : Jones & Co., 1830]. A pleasing antique print of the old British Museum in Montagu House, guarded by a sentry, with the traffic of Great Russell Street. Work had already begun on the present museum on its site immediately behind Montagu House. Engraved by William Henshall (1774-1843) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, the master recorder of nineteenth-century London. From Shepherd’s series “London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century” (1829-1832).
Steel line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 104 x 144mm (approx. 4-1/8” x 5-5/8”). A few tiny specks, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM, GREAT RUSSEL [sic] STREET.

[SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864] : BRITISH MUSEUM, GREAT RUSSEL [sic] STREET.

[London : Jones & Co., 1830]. A pleasing antique print of the old British Museum in Montagu House, guarded by a sentry, with the traffic of Great Russell Street. Work had already begun on the present museum on its site immediately behind Montagu House. Engraved by William Henshall (1774-1843) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, the master recorder of 19th century London. From Shepherd’s series “London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century” (London : 1829-1832).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 104 x 144mm (approx. 4-1/8” x 5-5/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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ANTIQUE PRINT: BRITISH MUSEUM, – EGYPTIAN ROOM.

SLY, Benjamin : BRITISH MUSEUM, – EGYPTIAN ROOM.

[London : J. Mead, 1844]. A highly attractive antique print of the dramatic interior of the Egyptian Room of the British Museum. Engraved by one of the Radclyffe family (both Edward and William worked on this series) from an original study by Benjamin Sly (fl.1841-1855). Originally produced for the part-work series “London Interiors : A Grand National Exhibition” (London : 1841-1844).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 164 x 188mm (approx. 6-1/2” x 7-3/8”). In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print. Adams 195/073.

£40

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THE KING’S LIBRARY [THE BRITISH MUSEUM].

WATKINS, Frank, 1834-1897 : THE KING’S LIBRARY [THE BRITISH MUSEUM].

[London : Cassell & Co., 1878 (or later)]. An antique print of the magnificent old King’s Library (built 1823-1826) in the British Museum, later forming part of the British Library. Engraved by Joseph Swain (1820-1909) from an original sketch by the London artist Frank Watkins. Originally produced for the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Wood engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 144 x 219mm (approx. 5-5/8” x 8-1/4”). Text on verso. In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£30

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ANTIQUE PRINT: THE READING-ROOM OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

WATKINS, Frank, 1834-1897 : THE READING-ROOM OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

[London : Cassell & Co., 1878 (or later)]. An antique print giving a panoramic view of the splendid old round reading room of the British Museum (later the British Library) designed by Sydney Smirke. Engraved by Joseph Swain (1829-1909) from an original study by the London artist Frank Watkins. Originally produced for the part-work “Old and New London” (London : 1873-1878).
Wood engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 107 x 144mm (approx. 4-1/4” x 5-5/8”). Text on verso. In very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique print.

£25

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