Exterior pre 1834

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During the mid-18th Century the artist Canaletto popularised views of the River Thames in his celebrated paintings. Westminster Bridge and the waterfront elevation of the Palace of Westminster proved popular subjects along the banks of the Thames and the changes to their architecture during the late 18th and early 19th centuries were captured by artists. Often these were published as engraved prints. A selection of these images is shown in this section.

The individual buildings of the Palace of Westminster also provided a rich source of subjects for artists over the centuries. Their paintings and drawings illustrate the significant changes to the site over many years before the buildings were largely destroyed in the fire of 1834.