Beautiful Britain - Tower Bridge, London by Dennis Melling

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This is my digital painting using DAP and FastStone of the London Tower Bridge

Information is derived from the Tower Bridge website and the original photograph is used with the kind permission of the photographer Margaret Pietkiewicz-Price.

When it was opened in 1892 Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule bridge ever completed (“bascule” comes from the French for “see-saw”). These bascules were operated by hydraulics, using steam to power the enormous pumping engines. The energy created was stored in six massive accumulators, as soon as power was required to lift the Bridge, it was always readily available. The accumulators fed the driving engines, which drove the bascules up and down. Despite the complexity of the system, the bascules only took about a minute to raise to their maximum angle of 86 degrees.

For more information on this iconic bridge see:


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  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplaralmost 3 years ago

    Very cool picture Dennis. I like both quite a lot. This one really has heart to it.

  • Thank you very much Christopher :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago
  • WoW, the Ultimate Art Mecca :)
    That is really something and the way that you present them Kira makes the paintings worth a mint :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image,…Very creative,….

  • Thank you very much John :)
    I appreciate your comments

    – Dennis Melling

  • Lanis Rossi
    Lanis Rossialmost 3 years ago

  • A glittering comment :)
    Thank you Lanis

    – Dennis Melling

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much :)
    It’s just great to be featured on Image Writing :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much indeed :)
    Your comments are very much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • suzannem73
    suzannem73almost 3 years ago

    This is beautiful. Congratulations on the features.

  • Thank you very much Suzanne :)
    All the best

    – Dennis Melling

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 3 years ago

    lovely work

  • Many thanks Luda :)
    Much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!
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  • Many thanks :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Anastasiia Kucherenko
    Anastasiia Kuc...about 2 years ago


  • Thank you :)

    – Dennis Melling

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