I... leapt into a taxi in Victoria Street and crossed Westminster Bridge. It looked so wonderful in the pale dead crepuscule light, and that half- finished building that we love brought my desire for you back till I stretched my arms out to it. It looked tonight so like our generation-great straight aspiring pillars cut off at the same time before they bore the weight they were built for- too lovely an edifice to be half-built, but so beautiful in its abrupt cessation. There are tow high finished columns. They looked like you and me. This is written against time.
from The Rainbow Comes Diana Cooper Autobiography, Lady Diana Manners to Duff Cooper prior to their marriage after the first World War.
painting by André Derain 'Houses of Parliament with Westminster Bridge' at Cleveland Museum of Art