Winter Sun – Houses of Parliament, London



One of Richard Harpum’s beautiful Cityscapes. Original sold

The snow in the UK in 2010 made it a good year for artists but no so good for the travelling public.  This painting shows the Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament as it is also known from Westminster Bridge.  I visit London a few times every year and on this occasion was fortunate enough to capture the city in bright sunlight after about 4” of snow had fallen.

The buildings have changed dramatically over the course of nearly a thousand years of history. Transformed from a royal residence to the home of a modern democracy, the current Palace, with its iconic Big Ben clock tower, is one of the most recognised buildings in the world.  Owing its stunning Gothic architecture to the 19th-century architect Sir Charles Barry, it was built between the late 1830s and the early 1860s.  Now part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace contains a fascinating mixture of both ancient and modern buildings.

The complexity of the façade meant that this painting ended up being a labour of love, but the end result made it well worth the effort.  I have also included Portcullis House, where Members of Parliament have their offices.  Once again, my favourite dog, Oscar, makes an appearance.  Richard used this painting for one of his own Christmas cards and it has since been selected for use as the House of Commons’ official 2013 Christmas card.

This fine art painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the artist.

This artwork is part of our Winter Gallery.


Artist: Richard Harpum

Product Reference No: A-8594

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 59 x 1 x 42 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)


Richard Harpum

Award-winning artist, Richard Harpum, paints mainly with acrylics on canvas or board but also paints watercolour florals.   He works in a realist style and pays meticulous attention to detail.  His slogan is “High Definition Art”. Richard's primary focus is landscapes and seascapes but he also paints still lifes, portraits and florals.  The effective use of light is a key ingredient to all of Richard’s works and he spends a great deal of time before starting a painting in selecting a composition that provides both drama and contrast. Born in Bromley, England, in 1951, Richard has had a passion for drawing and painting from a very young age.  As a youngster, he was always drawing and became a prolific painter after he received an oil painting set for Christmas when he was 12.  He has a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University. Richard's work was featured in a 10-page article in International Artist Magazine, Issue 73, June 2010.  He has also won a number of art competitions and awards, including Professional Artist of the Year 2012 by the (British) Society for all Artists. He is a strong advocate for using the golden ratio (Phi - 1:1.618) in his paintings.  You may note that the position of the sun or some other key feature or length often fits this ratio.  In some of his works there are several used.  Richard believes that this gives his paintings a better balance than using the more traditional "rule of thirds". During his life Richard has lived in many parts of England and currently lives in South Yorkshire.  He has also travelled extensively for both pleasure and business and has lived abroad in Africa, the USA, Australia and Germany for a total of 20 years.  This has given him a very broad perspective of the world, as well as providing him with wonderful sources of inspiration for his paintings.

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