,
Random
The Just-commonsensical

Chocolate and orange marble cake

St George’s Bloomsbury

Asante-style drum

Kentish Town

Westminster Abbey (Collegiate Church of St Peter, Parliament Square) - part two

London bridge (part nine)

Sudbury Town

Wandsworth bridge (part one)

Wanstead

Tufnell Park

Shadwell

Stilton and fig tart with walnut dressing

Bronze head

Blackfriars Bridge (part one)

News from our friends
Into the future
Elizabeth II HAS REIGNED in a world moving swiftly through political shifts, cultural change and technological advances. Traditional institutions of law, religion and politics have suffered loss of ...
Elizabeth II (1952 - )
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 17 Bruton Street, London on 21 April 1926. A happy childhood was spent with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, and younger sister Margaret Rose. ...
Edward VIII and George VI (1936 - 1952)
Edward VIII (1936) Edward, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George V and Queen Mary, was known to the family as 'David'. Charming and informal, he was a popular prince, touring Britain and the empire, ...
George V (1910 - 1936)
Edward vii's eldest son Albert died at the age of 28, and so it was his second son, George, who followed him as king. George had learned the navy's traditions of duty and. Blue-eyed, blunt, and ...
House of Windsor
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she left three generations of heirs. They, it was expected, would reign as monarchs of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In fact, the name survived only 16 years. In ...
Most Popular
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Isabella BrantThis famous portrait drawing is of Rubens’ first wife, ...
Waterloo suicidesFor centuries people have been committing or attempting...
The queen of vintage - Hilary ProctorThere's only one thing more fabulous than Hilary Pr...
The Blues and RoyalsIn 1969 The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) were amalgam...
London Oratory (Brompton Road)The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by ...
London bridge (part twelve)After the opening in 1836 of London Bridge station, the...
Clocks and watches - Martyn Stamp"1970s watches are very popular right now, whereas...
Guy's Hospital ChapelThe benefaction by which Thomas Guy founded the well-kn...
Discussed
Advertisement
Introduction (part five)
 (голосов: 0)
As for the future, it is unlikely that there will be any more new bridges in central London, but the planning authorities are considering proposals for two new crossings east of Tower Bridge, including one which would form part of the Thames Gateway development, and a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists which can be lifted to allow ships to pass through.

The story of London's bridges is not confined solely to the work of the architects and engineers. It is also about the pilots who have flown under them, the daredevils who have dived off them, and the artists and writers who have been inspired by them. It is also, more sadly, a story of the desperate people who have chosen to end their lives by jumping off them. Most of the bridges have been used for this purpose, but Waterloo Bridge, quite unfairly, gained such a reputation, especially in the 1840s, that the newspapers referred to 'Waterloo suicides' and the bridge became known as the 'Bridge of Sighs'.

Many artists have been fascinated by the Thames, and in particular its bridges. The earliest image of London Bridge is in the background of an illuminated text of the poems of Charles d'Orleans, written while he was a prisoner in the Tower. Later, many artists painted or engraved the bridge in detail, and from various angles, and, although not always reliable, these depictions help us to see how the bridge changed during its life of six hundred years. News of the new bridge at Westminster travelled far and wide, and it attracted the Venetian artist Canaletto to London, where he painted the most iconic images of the bridge. English artists, such as Samuel Scott and William Marlow, were inspired by him and painted views of the bridges at Westminster and Blackfriars. In the nineteenth century, Constable painted the opening of Waterloo Bridge, and Turner depicted Westminster Bridge in his dramatic painting of the burning of the Houses of Parliament. Many lesser artists, including Henry Pether and John Atkinson Grimshaw, loved to paint the river by moonlight, with various bridges in the background. The topographical artists George Scharf and Edward William Cooke have left us an invaluable record of the construction of the new London Bridge and the demolition of the old bridge. James McNeill Whistler painted the Thames many times, especially old Battersea Bridge, and he also made drawings of old Waterloo Bridge and the demolition of old Westminster Bridge. His pupil Walter Greaves also painted old Battersea Bridge, but his best-known work is a vivid painting of a dangerously overcrowded Hammersmith Bridge on Boat Race Day. Probably the most famous paintings of Waterloo Bridge are the forty painted by Monet from his balcony at the Savoy Hotel. He was drawn to London by its celebrated fogs, and his depictions of Waterloo Bridge, and the thirty or so pictures of Charing Cross Railway Bridge, are really studies of the changing light and the effects of the fog. Probably the most extraordinary paintings of London bridges are those painted by the Fauvist Andre Detain, who visited London in 1906.The results are vibrant but unrealistically coloured views of almost all the bridges from Westminster to Tower Bridge.

London has regularly appeared as a backdrop in feature films, and a number of the better-known bridges have appeared in them, usually as a location-setting shot, mostly of either Westminster Bridge or Tower Bridge. As London has become more popular as a location for filming, certain bridges, such as Hammersmith Bridge and the Albert Bridge, have played a more prominent part, but more often than not, they appear fleetingly. At the time of writing, the Millennium Bridge has become one of the most popular London locations for film-makers, including 'Bollywood' directors. Waterloo Bridge is probably the only bridge to have given its name to a film, which was so successful that there are two versions of it.



Introduction (part five)

The emergency bridge put up for the duration of the Second World War near Vauxhall Bridge being taken down in 1948.



Информация
Посетители, находящиеся в группе Гости, не могут оставлять комментарии к данной публикации.