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The Roof of the Great Hall, Westminster, 1397

© estate of Frank O. Salisbury. All rights reserved, DACS 2016. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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In this large canvas Frank Salisbury has depicted a particularly significant moment in the long and rich history of Westminster hall. The king, Richard II, together with his master carpenter, Hugh Herland, inspect the work of construction on the roof of Westminster Hall in 1397. The hammerbeam roof, which spanned the entire width and length of Westminster Hall without the need for supporting columns, was a work of technical brilliance.

Parliamentary Art Collection

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    264.2 x 193.1 cm

  • Accession number

    WOA 2730


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Parliamentary Art Collection

The Curator's Office Department of Information Services House of Commons 1 Canon Row, Greater London SW1A 0AA England

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