Big Ben is one hundred and fifty years old. On this day in 1859 the Great Bell was struck for the first time. Originally it was only the bell that was known as Big Ben but most people now use the name to refer to the clock tower as well.
Painting outside in London, I have painted the clock tower many times and it can can be seen in the back ground of the pictures above.
French Impressionist Claude Monet painted Big Ben when he visited London the 1870’s. You can see his picture The Thames Below Westminster at the National Gallery in London.