A comic predicition of the procession to the Great Exhibition of 1851, 1850.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Etching by George Sala taken from the 'Great Exhibition 'Wot is to Be', a satirical look at the forthcoming Great Exhibition of 1851. Illustrated is a comic predicition of the opening of the procession to the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' of 1851. At the front of the procession are two mounted lifeguards 'to clear the way', then 'the High Bailiff (Mr Slowman) with the Queen's write for holding the Exhibition'. Behind him are two special constables who are followed by the Metropolitan Police. The bottom half then shows a donkey pulling an advertisement for the 'Great Exhibition, now open, come early'. Last of all are the bill stickers and placard carriers.