Overlooking the Thames at Night--South to Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, London.
In those days many town mansions of the nobility were built near the river with their gardens leading down by flights of steps to the barge landings. Steam navigation, with its dirt and soot and clamor, soon put an end to this picturesque state of things. The river grew fouler. The mansions on its banks changed to warehouses and dingy tenements. The river became a disgrace. Permission was finally given by the parliament for the building of the embankment, which took six years (1864-70) and is considered to be a monument of engineering skill.
We are standing by the Charing Cross railway bridge, with Westminster bridge in the distance. The illuminated clock of the Houses of Parliament is visible and next at the right is Westminster Abbey.