Houses Of Parliament – The Brexit Years


*This painting is framed*

Painted throughout the period 2016-9, before, during and after the Referendum of the UK leaving the European Union, this painting is both a realistic sunset upon the Houses of Parliament and symbolic of the fiery debate.

The Oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, comprising the House of Lords (on the left, facing the painting) and the House of Commons was built by William II in the late 1000s.

Westminster Hall survived the Great fire of 1834, and is one of the most recognised buildings in the world. The Palace of Westminster owes its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry. Much of this was built on reclaimed land from the River Thames.

Westminster Palace is now Grade I listed, and part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built with a sand-coloured limestone from the Anston Quarry in Yorkshire, which lends itself to elaborate carving, but also decays. Much of this was replaced with Clipsham stone, a honey-coloured limestone from the Medwells Quarry in Rutland, from the 1930s to 1960s. Further restoration and stone cleaning was undertaken in the 1980s.

The Victoria Tower is the tallest tower in the Palace of Westminster. Named after Queen Victoria, it was for many years the tallest and largest stone square tower in the world, with a height of 98.5 metres (325 feet). Restoration here was completed in the 1990s when 1,000 cubic feet of decayed stonework was replaced.

The British Parliament is often referred> (in fact a misquotation of John Bright, who remarked in 1865 that “England is the Mother>”) because the British> has been the model for most other parliamentary systems, and its Acts have created many other parliaments, including the Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indian, Pakistan, and many African, Asian and Caribbean Countries.

Houses Of Parliament – The Brexit Years
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