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Houses of Parliament, London

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

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During his London campaigns, Claude Monet painted the Houses of Parliament in the late afternoon and at sunset from a terrace at Saint Thomas’s Hospital. This viewpoint was close to that of the English artist J. M. W. Turner in his visionary paintings of the fire that had destroyed much of the old Parliament complex in 1834. In his response to the poetry of dusk and mist, however, Monet was actually inspired by the work of a more recent painter of the Thames, the American James McNeill Whistler.


On View, Gallery 243


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Claude Monet


Houses of Parliament, London


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower right: Claude Monet


81.2 × 92.8 cm (32 × 36 9/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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