Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London, 1851.
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Plate from the 'Illustrated London News'. Crowds gather for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Joseph Paxton (1801-1865) designed what Punch named Crystal Palace, the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure, a feature which later aided its dismantling. Here, the building is shown seen from the front, one of the giant elms visible through the glas.