Monday, 12 November 2012

Guy Fawkes and J.M.W. Turner

Guy Fawkes, the only man to have entered Parliament with honest intentions, being greeted by the Official Reception Committee, 
5th November 1605.

Mr Fawkes's intention, of course, was to blow the building up, or to burn it down, he probably didn't care which.

He failed in this endeavour, though the edifice was finally consumed in flames in 1834, and witnessed by the artist J.M.W. Turner. 

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834
by J.M.W. Turner

J.M.W. produced so many pictures of the fire, nine in watercolour and two in oil on canvas, that we could almost think he enjoyed it!

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