John Benjamin Stone was born to a prosperous family of glass makers in Birmingham. This, together with an insatiable appetite for knowledge about the world and a desire to record history, led him to a life in photography. The subject of "Man at Entrance to Houses of Parliament" is unknown. The portrait surely dates from the period when Stone was a member of the House, so we may safely assume that he was a fellow parliamentarian. For us, Stone's portrait is of interest because of the organic rapport between the frock-coated figure and the historical portal that frames him. What might also occur to us is the metaphor that results from the relationship between the four-square stance of the man and the solid pillar at the left. Stone's photograph is both deceptively simple and richly complex.