Portrait of London
View a gallery of images from the Portrait of London exhibition at Wandsworth Museum
View historic photographs of London from the Portrait of London exhibition at Wandsworth Museum, including pictures of Blitz damage, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and an image by Britain's first female photojournalist. See the Portrait of London exhibition listing.
Construction of the Palace of Westminster
This amazing early photograph shows the construction of the Palace of Westminster, designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin during the 1850s. Roger Fenton, who was the official photographer to the British Museum, took several images during the construction. This print shows Westminster School and Westminster Abbey in the foreground. The Victoria Tower can be seen to the right; in the distance, to the left, scaffolding can be seen around the clocktower. The intricately designed parliamentary complex took 23 years to build, fiinally being completed in 1860.