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Thomas Rowlandson, a Microcosm of London, 1808-10

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Some samples from a series of prints which deserve to be better known than they are. Starting with Westminster Hall, the oldest surviving part of the Palace of Westminster, built by the son of William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, and with a magnificent hammer-beam roof constructed in 1399.
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/Westminster%20Hall%20Briefing.pdf


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The old House of Commons, which was burnt down in the fire of 1834, in which Westminster Hall came very close to being destroyed.
http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_publications_and_archives/parliamentary_archives/archives__oct_2004.cfm

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A 'life class' at the Royal Academy, founded in 1768 to make better training available for artists. A typically British institution, it was established by private initiative, and although granted Royal patronage and given some land for its premises, it has always been a self-supporting and self-administering body.

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A display of armour at the Tower of London.

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A Quaker meeting house.

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Night-watchmen setting off on their rounds, Marylebone; the main thoroughfares were well-lit, but one had to be careful at night elsewhere before there was an effective police force. These watchmen were widely regarded as something of a joke.

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Staircase at the British Museum, first opened to the public in 1759.

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It seems appropriate to end with a view of St Paul's.
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