- Museum number
Edward VII Galleries of the British Museum under construction; in foreground street, at right house adjoining museum beyond, latter with workmen on scaffolding and a crane alongside. 1910
Graphite and watercolour
- Production date
Height: 244 millimetres
Width: 312 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Walker's Galleries label attached to mount.
The Edward VII galleries were built on the north side of the British Museum between 1906 and 1914 to the design of John James Burnet. They were originally intended to be a part of a much larger development. Burnet had spent considerable time in Europe and America, and utilized all the latest building materials. This may have been the aspect of the construction that drew the architect and draughtsman Frank Lishman to record the works in this watercolour of 1910. Lishman had spent considerable time sketching and measuring old buildings in England and Scotland before becoming a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The construction of a modern public building at a prominent London landmark must have been an attractive subject for a developing architect. Scaffolding and cranes have once again become notable features around the museum as construction has got under way for the World Conservation and Exhibition Centre.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1964, BM, Recent Acquisitions, no.67
2013 Sep-Oct, BM, Constructing London
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
- Prints and Drawings
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