Artwork - Fire of 1834: View from Lambeth shore of the Palace of Westminster

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  • Title: Fire of 1834: View from Lambeth shore of the Palace of Westminster
  • Artist: David Hall McKewan
  • Date: 1834
  • Medium: Watercolour
  • Categories: Buildings
  • Catalogue number: WOA 54
  • Description: This evocative watercolour by David Hall McKewan shows the fire that destroyed the Houses of Parliament on 16 October 1834 from the Lambeth shore of the Thames. A sailing barge and small boats crowded with spectators are shown in the foreground, while the fire and its reflection dramatically light Westminster Abbey.

    Various artists captured the burning buildings on the river front, where the view was particularly spectacular. The fire reached its height here from 11pm and turned into the most significant blaze in the city between 1666 and the Blitz. It burned fiercely for the rest of the night and could be seen from across the Home Counties. At least 44 artists (including Turner and Constable) are known to have painted the fire itself or the ruins of the ancient buildings it left behind.
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