Somerset House Terrace from Waterloo Bridge - John Constable

Somerset House Terrace from Waterloo Bridge: John Constable

Somerset House Terrace from Waterloo Bridge is an 1819 painting by English Romantic landscape artist John Constable. This work is located in the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

Somerset House Terrace is part of Somerset House, a grand neoclassical building located in central London, England. The history of Somerset House itself dates back to the 16th century when it was commissioned by King Edward VI’s Lord Protector, the Duke of Somerset, hence the name Somerset House. The original structure was intended to serve as a residence for the Duke, but over the centuries, it evolved to fulfill various roles, including serving as a royal palace and Government offices.

The terrace area we see here was developed as part of the major renovations undertaken in the 18th century under the direction of architect Sir William Chambers. Chambers redesigned Somerset House, adding new wings and creating a unified neoclassical facade. The terrace, with its commanding views of the River Thames, was designed as an elegant outdoor space where visitors could enjoy the scenic surroundings.

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