Interior of the British Museum, c 1857.
© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869). This view of a gallery of Classical antiquities at the British Museum in London shows how such objects were displayed at the time. Some are displayed securely under glass domes whilst busts are perched precariously on top of the display cases around the edge of the room. In 1853 the British Museum asked Fenton to document parts of their collection as their official photographer. He went on to take many photographs of classical busts, skeletons, Assyrian tablets and other works of art.