Engraving by Samuel William Reynolds after a painting by Octavius Oakley. Sir Joseph Paxton (1801-1865) began his career as a gardener's boy, eventually becoming head gardener for the Duke of Devonshire. He remodelled the Duke's gardens at Chatsworth and Chiswick, designing large glas and iron conservatories for them. These later became the model for his design of the Great Exhibition building, now known as the Crystal Palace, for which he received his knighthood. After this, Paxton continued to work on landscape gardening and public parks as well as designing various country houses. This portrait shows Paxton holding his hat and stick with the Crystal Palace in the background. Published by R Moseley on 1 May 1851.
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