Historical Portraits Picture Archive

View of St Stephen's Tower, Palace of Westminster. 1940s 1940s

Frank O. Salisbury RA (1872-1964)

View of St Stephen's Tower, Palace of Westminster. 1940s, Frank O. Salisbury RA
Oil on canvas
20th Century
30 x 25 inches 76 x 63.5 cm
Private Collection, South Africa.
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Frank Salisbury is described as one who, in his youth, loved to draw processions and pageants- so much the better if they included knights and heraldry. This love of spectacle is apparent, of course, in works such as the portrait series that records the principal courtiers and attendants present at the coronation of King George VI in 1937, or in his allegorical works such as The Painters of Chelsea. This enthusiasm encompassed the material setting for such pageantry, and here Salisbury paints a rarely-captured view of the roof of the Palace of Westminster. Evidently repairs necessitated the scaffolding that we see over the foreground, which both afforded Salisbury his access to the vantage point as well as offering the unusual prospect of the lantern and Victoria Tower that he has recorded.
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