'The Industrial Exhibition', London, 1851.
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Engraving by Thomas Flemming, isued by Ackermann on 17 March 1851. Engraving of the Crystal Palace which features a portrait of Prince Albert (1819- 1861). The Crystal Palace was built to house the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations', 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. This made the construction, and later dismantling, of the building, easier and quicker. The exhibition was held at Hyde Park, London in 1851, and later the structure was re-erected at Sydenham, South East London where it burned down on 30 November 1936.