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

RIBA Ref No RIBA21680
Architect/DesignerBarry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
Artist/PhotographerBarry, Sir Charles (1795-1860)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1830
Image Date1830
ViewExterior
StyleGothic Revival
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSA35/9
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectClocks ; Clock towers ; Parliament buildings ; Government buildings ; Belfries, bell towers
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.
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