Changing Impressions - D11093



Changing Impressions:  A Print Conservation Project in Focus

In 1749, John Pine published two engravings showing the interiors of the House of Peers and the House of Commons (included in the section on The Conservation Process). These commemorate the Parliament of 1741/2, the year in which Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745) resigned office after twenty one years as Britain's most powerful chief minister.

Without surviving keys, the information presented by these prints is now difficult to grasp. A contemporary audience would not have required such help to identify the important figures. Still evident today are King George II, enthroned in the House of Peers and Speaker Arthur Onslow in the House of Commons. Others may well be identified with further research.