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Rare lithographed view of the 1834 burning of Parliament, as seen from the arches of Westminster Bridge. The rushed nature of the lithograph suggests that it may have been produced on the night of the fire, as some other prints are known to have been.

The burning of the Parliament building occurred on October 16, 1834, when the Palace of Westminster, which housed the British Parliament, became engulfed in flames.

The fire began in the early hours of the morning and quickly spread throughout the building. Despite the efforts of the London Fire Brigade, the flames were not able to be contained, and the entire palace was destroyed. The cause of the fire was believed to have been started by a malfunctioning stove in the palace's House of Lords chamber.  

After the fire, the British government was forced to find a temporary location for Parliament to meet. The House of Commons met in the nearby Jerusalem Chamber, while the House of Lords met in the Royal Chapel at Westminster Abbey.   The palace was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style, and many of the city's other buildings were also constructed in this style in the years that followed. 


We have been unable to trace any other examples of this image through OCLC or related searches. However, it may be possible that the piece was published as part of a larger work.

Condition Description
Trimmed near neatline and pasted on a larger sheet. Some rubbing at top, obscuring text.