Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham, south London, c 1920.

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Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham, south London, c 1920.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

A snapshot photograph of a mother and son in front of a replica Ichthyosaurus. The world's first prehistoric sculptures, built in 1854, were designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under the guidance of Professor Richard Owen, who invented the word 'dinosaur'. They were based on contemporary ideas of what dinosaurs looked like. Hawkins held a New Year's Eve dinner party inside the Iguanodon at which famous scientists ate pigeon pie. The park opened in 1854 when the Crystal Palace was re-erected there after the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations', conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861) and held at Hyde Park, London in 1851.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society

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