The designer of the façade of Christie's, King Street, Anderson was an architect and painter who specialised in topographical pictures, especially views of London. Several of his pictures were exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1856 and 1896. Although taken from a different viewpoint, it is interesting to compare our picture with one of his most celebrated works, Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey seen from the River of 1872, now in the Museum of London.
The view in the present picture is probably taken from Vauxhall Bridge, and may relate to the much smaller painting which sold at Sotheby's on 15 January 1964 (lot 188).
Apart from depicting the new Palace of Westminster, the painting includes a stretch of working river immediately west of Parliament, as well as Westminster Bridge and the newly completed blocks of St Thomas's Hospital, built in 1871, to the right. To that side of the river a Thames barge can be seen 'shooting' one of the arches of the bridge - in other words lowering its mast in order to glide underneath the bridge.
View of Westminster from the Thames may have inspired George Vicat Cole's The Palace of Westminster (1892, now in the Guildhall Art Gallery). As in the present picture, much attention is paid to river activities west of the Palace, except that by 1892, Western Wharf, Store Wharf and adjoining buildings had been demolished to make way for Victoria Tower Gardens.