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West Front, Looking South

West Front, Looking South

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 27

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 West Front contrasts with the River Facade by presenting a more broken appearance. While the latter is chiefly impassive from its extent and uniform symmetry, the former is remarkable for the varieties of light and shade produced by its irregular outline. The view here given extends from the South-West Gable of Westminster Hall to the Victoria Tower, at the foot of which is the Queen's Entrance. The gigantic Archway is 50 feet high. A similar Archway to the left gives access to the Royal Staircase, which is of grey granite, simple in its character and imposing from its scale."

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

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