Tuesday Triptych: Blackfriars

A vivacious red, white and gold bridge but monochrome suits Blackfriars [enlarge to appreciate the details]

blackfriars bridge triptych
Postcards of London – Blackfriars bridge

“Blackfriars Bridge is one of the handsomest in London..It was built in 1864-9 by Cubitt…and crosses the river in five spans. The piers are of granite, surmounted by recesses resting on short pillars of polished red Aberdeen granite, and with ornamental stone parapets…the general outline is bold and the ensemble rich, if perhaps a trifle gaudy, especially when the gilding, of which there is an unusual proportion, has been freshly renewed.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens’s Dictionary of London, 1879

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