Parliament burns

Tally sticks, I read. Incompetent and despised Parliament burned down, and Turner dashed to the river to see it. What could be more beautiful than that? Joseph_Mallord_William_Turner_012

Varnishing Day at the Royal Academy, when painters could add finishing touches. Turner came in with a rough draft, and painted this in six hours.

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And here are paintings he did on the night:

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, from the River 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Colour Study: The Burning of the Houses of Parliament 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, from the River 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament ?1834-5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

7 thoughts on “Parliament burns

    • Lovely. Dawn after the wreck I find living with paintings, or copies, helps me relate to them better, and to other paintings. I grow in appreciation. My quibble is that you have photographed the print on the wall, showing the print when glanced at rather than the picture when looked at.

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      • I don’t claim to be a photographer. I take photos to illustrate my posts, not write text to expand on my photos. Big difference. If I knew how to do it better I would. Your reproduction is gorgeous. I don’t even know how to insert an image into comments. You have the edge on me in more than one respect there my dear.

        I’d change the frame these days I suspect, but they are what I did at the time, so there they stay.

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        • On inserting an image into comments, insert it into a post, then edit the post on Text: simply cut the text describing the image, and paste it into the comment. Though this may depend on your theme: I can do my hearts on Nishita, but not on other people’s blogs, like this:

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          Instead they come out like this:
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  1. If I may interrupt the party for a brief moment, I’ve always thought Turner was an absolute mix of genius and failure … but once the genius was recognized, the failure was acclaimed as well. Overall, yes, I love him … I card from the Museum was a gay boy’s companion through University (I need solemnity after meetings with my tutor, Anil Seal … can’t swear to the spelling of the last name, but I can tell you that we call referred to him as rectal plug. Sometime I shall tell you about Queen Larissa of Lithuania. Ah, Trinity … a fount of … my vocabulary falls short. Sigh 😉

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