During the few years after its foundation the British Museum received several further gifts, including the Thomason Collection of Civil War Tracts and David Garrick 's library of 1, printed plays. The later Sasanian Empire is also well represented by ornate silver plates and cups, many representing ruling monarchs hunting lions and deer. It was granted planning permission in December and was completed in time for the Viking exhibition in March Retrieved 27 April The New York Times.
A high proportion of the collection comes from tombs or contexts associated with the cult of the dead, and it is these pieces, in particular the mummies, that remain among the most eagerly sought-after exhibits by visitors to the museum.
Retrieved 24 August The British Museum continues to assert that it is an appropriate custodian and has an inalienable right to its disputed artefacts under British law. Wikimedia Commons has media related to British Museum. More than 30, British drawings and watercolours include important examples of work by HogarthSandbyTurnerGirtinConstableCotmanCoxGillrayRowlandson and Cruikshankas well as all the great Victorians. Retrieved 22 August