The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834

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Title

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834

Subject

Romanticism, landscape painting, art, Palace of Westminister

Description

Terrific description from The Cleveland Museum of Art (seriously amazing website; see source):
"Fire consumed London’s famous Houses of Parliament on the night of October 16, 1834, and people gathered along the banks of the river Thames to gaze in awe at the horrifying spectacle. Initially, a low tide made it difficult to pump water to land and hampered steamers towing firefighting equipment along the river. The blaze burned uncontrollably for hours.

J. M. W. Turner records the struggle as the boats in the lower-right corner head toward the flames. Although Turner based the painting on an actual event, he magnified the height of the flames, using the disaster as the starting point to express man’s helplessness when confronted with the destructive powers of nature. Brilliant swathes of color and variable atmospheric effects border on abstraction."

Creator

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851)

Source

Owned by the Cleveland Museum of Art:
https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1942.647

Display:
Not on display

Publisher

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Date

1835

Contributor

Ben Richardson

Rights

Open Access

Relation

Palace of Westminister (1835-1941):
https://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/id/989

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons:
https://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/id/988

Format

Oil on canvas
Framed: 123.5 x 153.5 x 12 cm (48 5/8 x 60 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.);
Unframed: 92 x 123.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/2 in.)

Type

Painting

Files

1942.647_web.jpg

Citation

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851), “The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/987.

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