The Hall and Stair Case, British Museum.
London. Pub April 1, 1808 at R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts 101, Strand.
Hand coloured aquatint with large margins. Platemark: 285 x 240mm (11¼ x 9¾").
An interior view of the Great Staircase in the British Museum, London. Montagu House was the first home of the British Museum. When it was built in 1686, the French style of decoration was fashionable. The walls of the Great Staircase and the ceiling above it were painted mainly by Charles de la Fosse (1636-1716). The painting on the ceiling illustrated a story from Greek mythology - Phaeton asking for permission to drive the chariot of the sun-god, Apollo. The Great Staircase led from the Entrance Hall (which was near the site of the present-day colonnade) to a landing on the first floor. From there visitors walked through the upper rooms, where they could see some of the Museum's collections of manuscripts, medals, antiquities and natural history specimens. Published in Ackermann's famous work, the 'Microcosm of London', the figures were drawn by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson and the architecture by Augustus Pugin.
Abbey, Scenery: 212.
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