Height: 1.500 m
Width: 1.500 m
Gift of the Governor and Directors of the Bank of England
Room 49: Roman Britain
The Bank of England mosaic
Roman Britain, 3rd century AD
Found under the Bank of England, London
This floor of a small square room was the first Romano-British mosaic acquired by the British Museum, in 1806, about a year after its discovery. It lay around 3.5 metres underground under the north-west corner of the Bank of England site in the City of London. It has been on permanent display in the Museum ever since the early nineteenth century. Displayed as a striking example of Roman decorative art, it has provided inspiration for later designers.