The North Front of Montagu House and Gardens, an engraving

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    An etching from 1714 showing The North Front of Montagu House and Gardens (the North entrance of the British Museum).

    This drawing, by British artist James Simon, shows the Museum site as it was in the early 18th century, before it was used as a Museum.

    Montagu House in Bloomsbury was rebuilt for Ralph Montagu following a disastrous fire. It was designed with grand gardens in a French style, which was much admired by visitors. However, by the early 1740s the house was empty and the gardens were neglected.

    This changed in 1754 when Montagu House was purchased as the first home of The British Museum, and the mansion and gardens were restored to their former glory by the Museum's gardener, Mr Bramley.

    The etching is reproduced here as a print on archive quality paper (remains colour-true for 100 years).

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    Artist: James Simon

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