'A bronzed iron fountain cast by M Andrew of Val D'Orne, France', 1851.
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The Great Exhibition, held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in May-October 1851. The Great Exhibition was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861) to showcase Britain's technological achievements and demonstrate its industrial and economic superiority to the rest of the world. The Exhibition Jury awarded a Council Medal for the fountain, saying that it was a 'meritorious work; though it may be doubted whether cast iron is a material suitable for such a purpose, unles protected from the action of water by some hydrofuge.'