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Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
[English painter, 1775-1851]

Title: The Burning of the Houses of Parliament

Date: 1834
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 48 inches (92 x 123 cm)
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Image size: 1000 x 741 pixels, 468 Kbytes
Image source: Art Renewal Center
              
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On the night of 16 October 1834, the Houses of Parliament in London accidentally caught fire and were destroyed. Turner rushed to the scene and made numerous pencil and watercolor sketches while the fire raged.

As England's finest landscape painter he was brilliantly qualified to record the scene, having spent years working outdoors, studying innumerable variations of light and the effect of smoke, fog and cloud.

He produced two famous oil paintings documenting the fire and the throngs of onlookers; this version is in Philadelphia; the other is at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Below are some links to his other paintings and sketches of the fire:

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, oil on canvas
Cleveland Museum of Art

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, watercolour and gouache
Tate Gallery, London

sketchbook from the fire 1
Tate Gallery, London

sketchbook from the fire 2
Tate Gallery, London

 
 
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