Nineteenth Century Skyline

25 March 2011
Ben Pentreath

If The Prince of Wales had happened to find himself strolling across Waterloo Bridge yesterday morning, at about 6.15, I think he might have been quite happy.  By a bizarre coincidence of clouds, mist and proximity, the only building visible on the skyline of London was St. Paul’s Cathedral. The City towers were completely hidden in cloud.  Canary Wharf… Invisible.  Turning west, the Houses of Parliament were swathed in blue grey mist.

By contrast you can see what London looks like on a normal sunrise. 

Whatever the weather, I’ve come to love this view over the years that I’ve lived here. I like to go for a run down on the river most mornings. But I must admit I haven’t spotted Prince Charles yet.

5 comments on this post

Rod domineysays:

Great photos I can remember churchills funeral I was fifteen at the , love your blog

What a fantastic eye you have Ben – the first photo in particular. Gorgeous


Yes, why do those magnificent skies and reflections look so 19th century? Almost an updating of Whistler. Thought you might enjoy this in return. It was made as a test for an early colour film process in 1935 – the Thames has rarely looked lovelier:

makes me wish for another trip to London. sigh.

Deirdre McSharrysays:

Turner would have been pleased

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