Houses of Parliament, sun breaking through the fog. Closer to the seat of power of the greatest Empire of the day, Monet makes the sun break through the fog which dominates all else in London. Here the empire on which the sun never set sets the tone for a much more powerful image. The stones rise proudly through the mist, towering above the waves, taking up the space between river and sky. They stand black against the reds and the golds enveloping them, self-confident and unbending.