In 1836 the architect Charles Barry won the national competition to design the New Palace of Westminster. His choice of Tudor Perpendicular Gothic created a highly influential building. He was aided by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, particularly on the highly detailed Gothic ornament he required for the lavish interiors and their furnishings.
Selected architectural drawings from Barry’s office are highlighted in this section. As construction of the New Palace took over twenty years to complete, perspective views were produced to cater for the keen public interest in knowing what the building would look like when it was finished. A selection of these works of art are included, as are images documenting the various stages of construction work.
The iconic architecture of the Palace of Westminster, and its picturesque setting by the River Thames, guaranteed its appeal to artists throughout the late 19th and 20th Centuries. Images in the Collection dating from this period are also included in this section.