Wrought iron gates to the British Library

British Library Gates: Euston Road

Where: Euston Road, NW1

What: Iron gates opening to the courtyard of the British Library. The square brick entrance way to the piazza – known as the Portico – is a rectangular entrance with three examples of lettering: carved lettering on the lintel of the archway; the wrought iron gates with the name “The British Library” repeated in the pattern, and; a stone with carved lettering acting as a memorial to it’s opening.

Text:

1_On the lintel: The British Library

2_On the gates: The British Library (repeated)

3_On the memorial stone: The British Library / HRH the Prince of Wales unveiled this stone / 7th December 1982

Material: Iron

Artist: David Kindersley and Lida Lopez Cardozo (Cardozo Kindersley workshop).

Date: 1993?

Further information:

  • Cardozo Kindersley workshop, Cambridge
  • David Kindersley’s obituary in the Independent
  • Information on the British Library’s listed status at Historic England
  • Examples of David Kindersley’s other work reviewed by calligrapher Patricia Lovett
  • Atelier design agency discuss the Kindersley legacy and its interaction with design
  • A student’s first impression of David Kindersley’s work in his centenary year, from Varsity

Further images:

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Open gates to the British Library with the piazza in the background
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Closer view of the gates with the text silhouetted against the sky. The weight of the text goes from light at the very top to heavy nearer the bottom
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Memorial stone for the opening of the library dated 1982
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Close up of gates with RIBA medal in the foreground
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Lintel of the British Library gates