Design for a clock face for the Houses of Parliament

Design for a clock face for the Houses of Parliament

Charles Barry was an English architect best known for his rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament following the destruction of the previous building in a fire in 1834. The building is probably most famous for the clock tower with its bell, Big Ben. This pencil and watercolour sketch shows how Barry was keen to design every detail of the building to perfection, even down to the clock face.