'The First shilling-day - coming out', 1851.
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Etching by George Cruikshank illustrating the aftermath of the first day tickets were sold at a shilling at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Having lost their hats and boots in the rush to get into the exhibition, the exhibition-goers are now reunited with their discarded items of clothing. Behind the exhibition visitors we can see the Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace was built to house the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' which were conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). It was designed by the landscape designer Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), and was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. The prefabricated design made the construction, and later dismantling, easier and quicker. The exhibition was held at Hyde Park, London in 1851. Published by D Bogue.