'The First shilling-day - going in', 1851.
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Etching by George Cruikshank illustrating the rush to get into the Great Exhibition on the first day tickets were sold for a shilling. Visitors are so keen to reach the signs reading 'PAY HERE' that there is a collection of discarded hats, umbrellas and boots in the foreground of the image. In the centre of the illustration we can see a glimpse of the exhibition that is warranting this hysteria, the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations', held at the specially built Crystal Palace in London. Conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861), the Crystal Palace was designed by the landscape designer Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), and was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. Published by D Bogue.