British Museum. Antique copper-plate engraved print of Montague House, first home of the British Museum, from: The Beauties of England and Wales (1801-1815) which was a series of books describing the topography and local history of England and Wales. Produced by a variety of London publishers, the work appeared in 18 multi-part volumes arranged by county, individually authored. Each volume contained engraved illustrations by artists such as Thomas Hearne, J. M. W. Turner, John Varley, Benjamin West.[nb 1] Readers included Charles Dickens. This image shows the first British Museum, Montague House, where it mostly showed the collection of Sir Hans Sloane. It was replaced by the neo-Classical building of Sir Robert Smirke which still houses Sloane’s collection. Thanks to Wikipedia for much of the above text.