As John Cleese famously said in the “Michaelangelo and the Pope” sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” Art can take many forms, some of which we may not quite understand. Regardless of whether we “get it” or not, public art has been shown […]
The Painted Hall is often described as the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, it was originally intended as an eating space for the naval veterans who lived here at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Its exuberant wall and ceiling decorations are by Sir James Thornhill and pay […]
“Lambeth Palace and the House of Commons” – A lovely view looking north down the River Thames with boats and barges, above traffic crosses Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge in the distance by the artist Alfred Daniels. Painted in 1978 and it is part of the Guildhall Art Collection in the City of London (the […]
A haunting and beautiful painting by Charles Pears in 1940 of the German air raids during the London Blitz.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 was held in London inside an enormous structure of iron and glass known as the Crystal Palace. In five months, from May to October 1851, six million visitors thronged the gigantic trade show, marveling over the latest technology as well as displays of artifacts from around the world. In modern […]
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons is the title of two oil on canvas paintings by J. M. W. Turner, depicting the fire that broke out at the Houses of Parliament on the evening of 16 October 1834. Turner himself witnessed the Burning of Parliament from the south bank of the […]
Check out this amazing picture of the Docklands in Wapping from 1803. It’s not actually a painting but a color engraving by Thomas & William Daniel. The amount of commerce going through London in this time period is amazing!
John O’Connor painted this view of the Victoria Embankment shortly after it was completed in 1872. The painting looks east from the terrace of Somerset House towards the City and St. Paul’s Cathedral. A woman with a parasol and two children bask in the sunlight on the terrace, while a regiment of Grenadiers march […]
Claude Monet painted a series of paintings of the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, during his stays in London between the years 1900-1905. The paintings have all the same size and viewpoint, Monet’s window at St Thomas’ Hospital overlooking the Thames. They are however painted at different times of the day and […]
Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge is a painting by the American-born British artist James McNeill Whistler, now held in the collections of Tate Britain. It was painted around 1872–5. This painting is of the old wooden Battersea Bridge across the River Thames before it was replaced by the modern bridge. Chelsea Old […]
You won’t find this lovely work of art on display in a museum – it was recently sold at private auction. But we totally love this classic painting of Big Big and Westminster Bridge by George Hyde Pownall. Very atmospheric and totally London.
Editor’s Note: Due to the popularity of featuring a work of British art every week on our sister site Anglotopia, we’ve decided to do something similar here at Londontopia. This view of London from Southwark depicts the capital around 1600 but is not completely topographically accurate. It does however convey a generalized view of […]