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Crystal Palace Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October 1851.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1852
Crystal Palace from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history of London in the nineteenth century ... Edited by W. G. Fearnside ... and T. Harrel. Illustrated with ... engravings"
The Exposition des produits de l'industrie française (Exhibition of Products of French Industry) organized in Paris, France, from 1798 to 1849 impressed the British public so much so that under increasing public pressure the British government reluctantly set up a Royal Commission to investigate the idea of London Exhibition. National pride dictated that the exhibition must bigger and better than anything French could organize.

A competition to design an exhibition building was won by the firm of Fox and Henderson, with plans based upon a design by Joseph Paxton and adapted from a glass and iron conservatory produced for the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House. The design of the impressive glass and iron conservatory or Crystal Palace was amended to accommodate the
Hyde Park's large elm trees. The building was 1,850 feet (564 m) long, and 108 feet (33 m) high. Shortly after the exhibition, the whole structure was removed from Hyde Park site and re-erected at Sydenham, then a sleepy hamlet in the Kent countryside, now a multi-ethnic part of South East London. The building was destroyed by fire on the 30th November 1936.

The Great Exhibition was opened by Queen Victoria on 1st May 1851.

The opening of the Great Expedition happened to coincide with the great innovation of the Industrial Revolution. The Exhibition of 1851 ran from May to October and was visited by six million people. The event became one of the defining points of the nineteenth century.


The exhibits included every marvel of the Victorian age, including pottery, porcelain, ironwork, furniture, perfumes, pianos, firearms, fabrics, steam hammers, hydraulic presses and even the odd house or two.

Although the original aim of the world fair had been as a celebration of art in industry for the benefit of All Nations, it turned into a showcase of British manufacturing: more than half the 100,000 objects on display were from Britain and the British Empire.
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The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry of All Nations in The Year '51, Showing What is to be Exhibited, Who is To Exhibit, in Short How Its All Going to Be Done

The Great Exhibition "Wot is to Be", Probable Results of The Industry ...

George Augustus Sala (British, London 1828–1895 Hove)

[Interior view of the Crystal Palace during the Great Industrial Exhibition of 1851 showing statues on the sides, fountain at center with a large tree in the background, and crowds of spectators]

[Interior view of the Crystal Palace during the Great Industrial Exhib...

Title devised by Library staff. Inscribed in ink on lower right margin : "420063". Transfer; Smithsonian Institution; (DLC/PP-1942:063) Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).

Cotton machinery

Cotton machinery

Photograph shows large cotton machine on display. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 2, frontis.

Crystal palace London Regent Street

Crystal palace London Regent Street

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Crystal Palace. DLC/PP-420063.

"Epurator" machine for cleaning cotton

"Epurator" machine for cleaning cotton

Photograph shows cotton being cleaned through machinery; cotton in case on display. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852,... more

Model house for families

Model house for families

Photograph shows exterior of building. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 2 frontis.

Cremorne Gardens ... Grand Victoria fete in honour of the Inauguration of the Exhibition of All Nations, by Her Majesty, on Thursday, May 1st, 1851 ...

Cremorne Gardens ... Grand Victoria fete in honour of the Inauguration...

Broadside announcing an inaugural festival for the Exhibition of All Nations, London, England, 1851. Includes a picture of the balloon "Erin-go-Bragh" to publicize an ascent by balloonist John Hampton during th... more

Lathe for railway wheels

Lathe for railway wheels

Photograph shows lathe machinery.

View of transept, looking south

View of transept, looking south

Photograph shows general view of transept with fountain and statues; large tree in the background. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer ... more

View of west end of building

View of west end of building

Photograph shows exterior view of Crystal Palace building. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 2 frontis.

Indian rubber boat, pontoons, & c.

Indian rubber boat, pontoons, & c.

Photograph shows the Charles Goodyear exhibit of vulcanized india-rubber products (boat, pontoons, and buoys). Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, Lon... more

Steam hammer

Steam hammer

Photograph shows J. Nasmyth's patent steam hammer.

Mediaeval Court from the Great Exhibition of 1851

Mediaeval Court from the Great Exhibition of 1851

Joseph Nash (British, Buckinghamshire 1809–1878 Kensington)

Locomotive engine

Locomotive engine

Photograph shows locomotive engine on display. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 2, frontis.

Agricultural implements

Agricultural implements

Photograph shows three pieces of farm equipment: a cultivator, cart, and a harrow. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, ... more

View of western nave

View of western nave

Photograph shows Crystal Palace interior. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer brothers, 1852, v. 4, frontis.

General view from transept, looking west

General view from transept, looking west

Photograph shows interior of Crystal Palace with large sculptures and other exhibit items on display. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spic... more

Agriclutural implements

Agriclutural implements

Photograph shows pieces of farm equipment: plows. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 2 frontis.

Crystal Palace from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history of London in the nineteenth century ... Edited by W. G. Fearnside ... and T. Harrel. Illustrated with ... engravings"

Crystal Palace from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history ...

This image has been taken from scan 000017 from "Holmes's Great Metropolis: or, Views and history of London in the nineteenth century ... Edited by W. G. Fearnside ... and T. Harrel. Illustrated with ... engrav... more

Glass fountain

Glass fountain

Photograph shows water spouting from large glass fountain in center of exhibit hall. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer brothers, 1852... more

[Picadilly omnibus boarding passengers to the exhibition at Hyde Park; coach in front of Pinchins & Co. bar and ale]

[Picadilly omnibus boarding passengers to the exhibition at Hyde Park;...

Title devised by Library staff. Paper joined in irregular shape. No. 40:4.

View of eastern nave

View of eastern nave

Photograph shows a slightly elevated view of the interior of the Crystal Palace exhibit hall with various items on display and international flags hanging from balcony railings. Salted paper photoprint by Claud... more

View of transept, looking north

View of transept, looking north

Photograph shows a slightly elevated view of transept with fountain and statues; large tree in the background. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, Lon... more

Allegorical sculpture group of the City of Paris imploring heaven to take away the plague of cholera

Allegorical sculpture group of the City of Paris imploring heaven to t...

Photograph shows sculpture of woman sitting with sickly child and elderly man leaning against her. Salted paper photoprint by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen. Illus. in: Reports by the Juries, London, Spicer ... more

Crystal Palace, London

Crystal Palace, London

Written on back: Crystal Palace, London $2.00. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1997; (DLC/PP-1997:105). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Forms part of: Marian S. Carson collection (Lib... more

[St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England, viewed from across the river]

[St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England, viewed from across the river...

Photograph. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Queen Victoria Presiding at the Reopening of the Reconstructed Crystal Palace at Sydenham

Queen Victoria Presiding at the Reopening of the Reconstructed Crystal...

Attributed to T. R. Williams (British, born 1825)

[Carving a Sphinx]

[Carving a Sphinx]

Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

View in Central Hall, Art Treasures Exhibition, Manchester

View in Central Hall, Art Treasures Exhibition, Manchester

Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Egyptian Court, Eastern Wall of Principal Court; Egyptian Court, Principal Facade towards the Nave; Lions in the Egyptian Court; [Colonnade Adorned with Egyptian Paintings]

[Egyptian Court, Eastern Wall of Principal Court; Egyptian Court, Prin...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[View of Sphinxes Among Foliage; View of Tropical Foliage; Egyptian Court from North-east Gallery; Colossal Egyptian Figures]

[View of Sphinxes Among Foliage; View of Tropical Foliage; Egyptian Co...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[View Across the Egyptian Court; View through Egyptian Columns into Classical Sculpture Gallery; Side View of Egyptian Colonnade; Facade of the Hall of Columns]

[View Across the Egyptian Court; View through Egyptian Columns into Cl...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Interior of Egyptian Court; Classical Sculpture Gallery with Discus-Thrower; View of Egyptian Court from Classical Sculpture Gallery; Foliage in the Egyptian Court]

[Interior of Egyptian Court; Classical Sculpture Gallery with Discus-T...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Mammoth Tree; General View of Nave, Looking South; View from North Gallery; Classical Fountain]

[Mammoth Tree; General View of Nave, Looking South; View from North Ga...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Alhambra Court Facade Towards the Nave; Entryway to the Alhambra Court; Side View of Alhambra Court; Alhambra Court Looking Towards the North]

[Alhambra Court Facade Towards the Nave; Entryway to the Alhambra Cour...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Greek Court; Statue of Minerva; Ludovisi Mars; Iris, Hecate, or Lucifera]

[Greek Court; Statue of Minerva; Ludovisi Mars; Iris, Hecate, or Lucif...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Court of Ancient Monuments; German Medieval Court; View with Statue of Albert of Bavaria; Elevated View of Central Transept]

[Court of Ancient Monuments; German Medieval Court; View with Statue o...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Tomb of Lorenzo de Medici; Tomb of Giuliano de Medici; Court of Christian Monuments; German Medieval Vestibule]

[Tomb of Lorenzo de Medici; Tomb of Giuliano de Medici; Court of Chris...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[View From Music Court to South Transept; View in Tropical Department; View of the Egyptian Court; View of North Transept]

[View From Music Court to South Transept; View in Tropical Department;...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Medieval Court; Statue of Coleoni; Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata by Donatello, from the Court of Monuments of Christian Art; Equestrian Statue of Colleone]

[Medieval Court; Statue of Coleoni; Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata b...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

[Entryway to the Renaissance Court; Doorway from an Old Palace of the Dorias; The Ghiberti Gates; View in Medieval Court]

[Entryway to the Renaissance Court; Doorway from an Old Palace of the ...

Attributed to Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)

Illustration of London, England (Igirisukoku rondon zu)

Illustration of London, England (Igirisukoku rondon zu)

Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80) Edo period (1615–1868)