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Drawing - Westminster Abbey and Parliament House, from the Thames
  • Westminster Abbey and Parliament House, from the Thames
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Westminster Abbey and Parliament House, from the Thames

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1515-1532 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    From the Dacre, Strawberry Hill, Wellesley, Gardner and Coates collections

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 311

Physical description

Topographical depiction of Westminster Abbey and Parliament House, from the Thames

Place of Origin

London (drawn)


ca.1515-1532 (drawn)



Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink


Height: 10.1 cm, Width: 17.4 cm

Object history note

Thomas Lord Dacre; given by him to Horace Walpole, 1761; purchased by the Rev. Dr Henry Wellesley (1794-1866), collector of old master drawings and topographical prints, presumably from the Strawberry Hill sale in 1842; John Edmund Gardner (1819-1899), collector of drawings and prints of London; in 1910 Gardner's collection sold en bloc to Edward Coates, MP (d.1921); purchased by V&A at Coates's sale (Sotheby's) in 1924.

Descriptive line

Anon., drawing of Westminster Abbey and Parliament House from the Thames, probably ca.1515-1532

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 28, fig. 11
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1924, published under the Authority of the Board of Education, London, 1926.

Production Note

This drawing, with E.127-1924, was previously attributed to Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677); it was assumed that they were made in preparation for Hollar's larged etched views of London. Architectural details depicted in the Tower of London drawing suggest, however, that they were actually made in the early sixteenth century. A somewhat similar drawing in the Louvre of Westminster Hall and the surrounding buildings has tentatively been attributed to Lucas Cornelis de Kock (1495-1552).


Pen and ink




Topography; Drawings; London history


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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