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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

John MacVicar Anderson
THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER FROM THE THAMES
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

John MacVicar Anderson
THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER FROM THE THAMES
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Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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John MacVicar Anderson
1835-1915
THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER FROM THE THAMES
signed and dated l.l.: John Anderson/1867; inscribed, signed and further inscribed with the artist's address on the stretcher; WESTMINSTER FROM HUNGERFORD BRIDGE/ JOHN ANDERSON/ 3 Wellington Road Walham Green. SW.
oil on canvas
81 by 152cm., 32 by 60in.
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Provenance

Probably purchased from the artist by John Gibson, by whom given to the great-grandfather of the present owner

Catalogue Note

It is not surprising that this architecturally detailed view was painted by an artist who had been trained and practiced as an architect. John MacVicar Anderson was born and studied in Glasgow, but moved to London around 1851 to work for his uncle William Burn, a respected architect working in the Scottish Baronial style. He became friends with fellow architects Richard Norman Shaw and William Eden Nesfield and was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1864. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Anderson designed many important buildings in London and in Scotland and was elected President of the RIBA in 1891.

The view painted by Anderson celebrates arguably the most celebrated building of the nineteenth century. It is the view looking from the south-side of the Thames towards Charles Barry's Gothic Revival masterpiece the Palace of Westminster with Westminster Abbey beyond. Across the composition stretches Westminster Bridge crowded with pedestrians, omnibuses and carts which mirrors the crowded waterway below with laden barges and passenger steamers jostling for space. Anderson painted several views of the Palace including another of the same aspect entitled Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey (London Museum) painted three years after the present view and View of Westminster from the River Thames (Christie’s, 10 June 2003, lot 77).

The Palace of Westminster from the Thames was owned by John Gibson (1817-1892), an architect working around the same time as Anderson who had been assistant to Charles Barry and was therefore personally associated with the creation of the Palace.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London