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The River Front

The River Front

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 26

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Palace of Westminster was originally laid out for Edward the Confessor. It still officially remains a royal palace and is a former residence of kings. The present building was designed and built by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin (1837-1847) to house parliament.

"The East or River Facade of the New Palace may be said to be the most important and the most imposing. It is in all 940 feet in length, of which the projecting portions in wings at either extremity are each 120 feet, leaving between them a fine paved terrace overlooking the water, over 700 feet in length and 33 feet in width. The wing towers are fine, and rise considerably above the rest of the roof. At each angle are rich octagonal stone pinnacles, between which rise steep roofs with elaborately perforated ornaments in iron at the angles and tops, of the picturesque character so familiar to travellers in Belgium and the Low Countries."

Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'

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