Casts in the Bodleian Library

Photo of Bodleian entrance

Some early plaster models were displayed in a long room on the upper floor of the University's Bodleian Library. Known as the Picture Gallery after its collection of paintings, it became the first in Britain which was open to the public.

Bodleian picture gallery

The watercolour of the Picture Gallery was painted in the second half of the 19th century. A plaster model of the Parthenon, made in Paris in 1823, can be seen in the glass case in the centre of the room.