Print: Le Blond - A sheet as taken from the printers press to include the four prints:
LB 17, CL 57, The New Houses of Parliament. - LB 18, CL 58, Her Majesty Opening Parliament. - LB 19, CL 59, Her Majesty at Windsor - LB 20, CL 60, H.R.H. Prince Albert in St. James' Park.
The New Houses of Parliament or the New Palace of Westminster, erected from the designs of Sir Charles Barry. From the cheering spectators on the river we should imagine the picture represents the scene at the formal opening by Queen Victoria in 1852. The old Parliament buildings were burnt down in 1834.
On the left we get a glimpse of Wren's towers, and some other portions of Westminster Abbey, and on the extreme right a small piece of Westminster Bridge. The state barges are probably those of the Lord Mayor. The last time the civic functionaries took the barges to Westminster, to be sworn in, was in 1856. So these prints pre date that time
Her Majesty Opening Parliament - The Opening of Parliament by Queen Victoria, in 1852. We see Her Majesty and Prince Albert in the state coach on their way to the Sovereign's entrance to the House of Lords. On the right are cheering spectators, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret's Church, and the well-known statue of Peel.
Her Majesty at Windsor - Queen Victoria attended by three Royal servants by the side of the Thames with Windsor Castle in the distance.
H.R.H. Prince Albert in St. James' Park - The Prince consort is riding in the Park with Buckingham Palace, as it then appeared, in the distance. It was in 1847, or only three or four years before this print, that the east front (or back) of the Palace was erected by Edward Blore, architect to Queen Victoria. The Prince is wearing the star and ribbon of the Garter, and is in the act of acknowledging the salutes of the spectators by raising his hat.
The prints on this plate were produced by ten blocks. All are signed Le Blond & Co., Licencees, London
Date: Early 1850’s
Size (cm ht x w): 17.5 x 25 (sheet) 7 x 11.3 (each image)
State: Full sheet as printed including cutting guide lines across the sheet
Condition: A nick to page edge else excellent, please see image
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