The Library in disarray

Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827)
Inside view of the Public Library, Cambridge
London: R. Ackermann’s repository, 1 November 1809

Rowlandson’s cartoon of the Library may be infamous for its presentation of the sleeping don, the wandering dog and the reader and books tumbling from a ladder, but in its architectural detail it is accurate. The simply designed bookcases and the carved study doors shown here are Austin’s, and the Dome Room beyond, constructed in 1716, eventually housed Moore’s manuscripts.

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