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The British Museum King Edward Vii Galleries and Attached Wall and Lions

A Grade I Listed Building in Bloomsbury, London

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Latitude: 51.5202 / 51°31'12"N

Longitude: -0.1278 / 0°7'40"W

OS Eastings: 529991

OS Northings: 181802

OS Grid: TQ299818

Mapcode National: GBR H9.G7

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.Q1SY

Entry Name: The British Museum King Edward Vii Galleries and Attached Wall and Lions

Listing Date: 24 October 1951

Last Amended: 11 January 1999

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322129

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477532

Location: Camden, London, WC1E

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Bloomsbury

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Bloomsbury Way St George

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/99/1144 (North side)
24/10/51 The British Museum King Edward VII
Galleries and attached wall and
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
King Edward VII Gallery, British


Museum gallery forming part of The British Museum (qv).
1905-14. By Sir John Burnet, assisted by Thomas Tait. Portland
stone and marble.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and semi-basement, 21 bays. Symmetrical
Edwardian Beaux Arts facade with a screen of attached Ionic
columns on a podium and flat, higher square erections at the
angles. Commercial metal framed windows, on both floors,
between the columns. Granite door frame with inner frame of
enriched marble. Above this an inscribed foundation stone and
gilded wreaths on the flanking columns. Cornice with
protruding carved lions' heads at intervals. Deep blocking
course with guttae at intervals and parapet above having, at
intervals, carved crowns with the initials ER under.
INTERIOR: in fine neo-Classical style. Low top-lit hall. Stair
lined with Greek marble; a pair of black columns with a large
Buddha between in the well and a gilt bronze lift cage to one
side. Galleries in trabeated Smirke style; stripped Classical
detailing. North Library, behind the stair, altered from
Burnet's original mannerist concept.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached stone wall to areas terminating
at either side of the main entrance with carved stone lions,
having crossed front paws, by Sir George Frampton.

Listing NGR: TQ2997681722

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