Preliminary studies for the Big Ben clock tower, Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London

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RIBApix ref no RIBA22549
Architect/DesignerBarry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
Artist/PhotographerBarry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1840
Image Date1840
ViewExterior
StyleGothic Revival
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSA74/6 C
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Barry's design for the Houses of Parliament did not originally include a clock tower. He was asked to include one and his first designs were added in 1836. Construction began in 1843 but the tower (the Elizabeth Tower) and its clock and great bell (Big Ben) were finished in 1859.

Subject tags

parliament buildings, spires, clock towers