Layton Collection | Discovering World Stories and Hidden Treasures

Explore some of Layton’s objects cared for at the Museum of London. Jon Cotton, Natasha Fenner, Jackie Keily and Roy Stephenson, specialist curators who have worked closely with the collection, share their delight in the astonishing range of material of every kind from across the
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Atlas Chinensis

Atlas Chinensis: An Embassy from the East India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperor of China, being a second part of a relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East-India Company Ogilby collaborated with Dutch publisher Jacob van
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Guy Fawkes

Guido Fawkes and his associates, engraving published by G Smeeton of St Martin’s Lane, London. Collection no 5286a This image shows the conspirators who tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. It includes not only Guy Fawkes, but also Thomas Winter, Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy,
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Middlesex smallpox hospital poster

Inquiry into the proposal to acquire a Middlesex smallpox hospital, 20 September 1906. This poster has survived amongst Layton collection and may well have been part of his working papers. It symbolises the ambition of local authorities in the Victorian and Edwardian to provide public
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Auction Catalogue 26 May 1914

Auctioneer’s catalogue for a sale at Layton’s home on 26 May 1914 arranged by Allan Booth and Dampney. The lots include furnishing and household items, but also oil paintings, watercolours and some antiquities. Download the catalogue as a PDF.
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Sale Catalogue 9 June 1914

Cover of one of the sale catalogues which included objects rejected when Fred Turner, the Brentford Librarian, made his selection from Layton’s collection. Download the catalogue as a PDF.
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London Fire

Fire in London, coloured aquatint by J Bluck from an original by Rowlandson & Pugin, published 1 September 1808 at Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, London. Layton collection no 957d A strong image of a London event, showing the fire that destroyed the Albion
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