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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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Gezicht in the Egyptian Court, Crystal Palace, Sydenham
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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Glass Fountain. Osler.
Specimen of Indian lac-work.
Gratitude. (Marble) Benzoni.
Vase, "la gloire" from the royal manufactory at Sévres. [sic]
Stoommachine, inzending van B. Hick and Son, Bolton, op de Great Exhibition
Group of plate by Garrard of London.
White-wood cabinet, by Michel L. Wettli of Berne.
A fountain (in terra cotta) by March of Thiercartenfelde, near Charlottenberg, Prussia.
Psyche. Fraiken.
Cast-Iron Vases. Royal Prussian Foundry.
Cholera. (Plaster) Etex.
Electro-Magnetic Apparatus and Theodolite. Froment.
Cotton Machinery. Hibbert, Platt and Sons.
View of Transept, looking North.
Giotto. (Marble) Tuerlinckx.
Large Centre-Piece in Silver. Wagner and Sons.
The Eagle Slayer. (Bronze) Bell.
Indian elephant trapping.
Industrial arts of the XIXth century at the great exhibition MDCCCLI by M. Digby Wyatt.
The hunter - a statue in marble by John Gibson, esq. R. A.
Agricultural Implements. Garrett and Sons.
View of North-West Corner of Building
Cupid. (Marble) Jennings.
Platina Alembic. Quennessen.
Cashmere scarf end.
Horse and Slave. (Electro Plate). Gueyton.
Drunken Faun. (Plaster) Hogan.
Shawl from Delhi, the pattern worked on a cashmere ground.
Richard cœur-de-lion, an equestrian statue by the baron Marochetti.
The child Christ ("Christ Engel") a bas relief in white marble by Rietschel of Dresden.
View of Western Nave
Ino and Bacchus. (Plaster) Foley.
Castings of Animals. Aubanel.
Chocolate Machines. Hermann
Geborduurd zadel uit India [Embroidered Saddle, India] , tentoongesteld op de Great Exhibition
General View from Transept, Looking East.
Vegetable Products of Scotland. Lawsons and sons.
Death of the Stag. (Bronze) Debay.
Replica van een middeleeuwse grafsteen [Mediaeval Tomb. (Caen Stone) Myers.,]  op de Great Exhibition, Londen
A group in bronze, by Vittoz, of Paris.
Victory - a statue in marble, by Rauch of Berlin.
Flaxman. (Marble) Watson.
Telescopes. Buron.
Marine Engines. Penn.
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

Furs. Nicholay.
Dancing Faun. (Bronze) Lequesne., bronze
Ivory Casket. Matifat.
Metallic Barometers. Bourdon
Group of glass, by count Harrach of Bohemia.
Turret Clock. Dent.
[Title page.]
The crystal fountain F & C Osler of London and Birmingham.
Collection of Feathers. Adcock and Co.
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

Libussa. Miller.
Agricultural Implements. Busby.
Egypt, Turkey and Greece (General View)
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.

Nymph Preparing for the Bath. (Plaster) Baily/Youth Resting after the Chase. (Plaster) Baily.
Agricultural Implements. Crosskill.
Arethusa. (Marble) Thrupp.
Shield presented to the Prince of Wales by the King of Prussia
Shield in Damascene Steel. Falloise.
Susanna. (Marble) Galli.
Crystal Palace, London. England in 19th century.

Crystal Palace, London. England in 19th century.

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

Le Premier Berceau. (Marble) Debay.
Articles in Gutta Percha. Gutta Percha Company.
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