Smithfield Agricultural Show, London, 1862.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The Smithfield Agricultural Show was the first to be housed in the Smithfield Club's new Agricultural Hall in Islington, a huge building roofed with glas and iron designed by Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887), the magnificence of which, the ILN reporter commented, dwarfed that of the cattle. Nevertheles, the Christmas 1862 show attracted larger crowds than ever before, and British beef, improved by careful cattle breeding, was regarded as the best in the world.