Rare view of Parliament on the day after fire destroyed the building on October 16, 1834, as viewed from Old Palace Yard.
The image is powerful depiction of the aftermath of a massive fire that destroyed the Palace of Westminster, the home of the British Parliament, on October 16, 1834.
The print shows the palace in ruins, with the remains of its once-grand façade still standing but blackened and charred. The roof has collapsed and the windows are shattered, giving the building a desolate and abandoned appearance. Surrounding the palace are other buildings, also damaged by the fire.
Despite the devastation, the print is full of detail and emotion. In the foreground, people can be seen picking through the ruins, searching for any salvagable items, with onlookers at the left.
The view is apparently quite rare. We note only the example at the Yale Center For British Art on line.