Title page from volume two of Dickinsons' collection of illustrated works by Nash, Haghe and Roberts RA, published in 1854. The Great Exhibition was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861) to showcase Britain's industrial and technological achievements. The Crystal Palace was purpose-built to house the 30,000 exhibits. It was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure, and was designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865). The prefabricated design made the construction, and later dismantling, easier and quicker. From 1May to 15 October, a total of six million visitors came to the exhibition at Hyde Park in London. The profits from the event were used to establish the South Kensington museums.
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