Machines displayed at the Great Exhibition, London, 1851.
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Engraving of a perspective view, looking East of Hibbert and Platt's cotton machines and Hick and Son's high-presure steam engine and driving gear. The machine in front is the lap machine and beyond it are the carding machines. The 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). The Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), was purpose-built for the occasion. It was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park in 1851.