Coals etc at the Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, London, 1851.
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Illustrated plate taken from Dickinsons' 'Comprehensive Pictures of The Great Exhibition' (1854) showing an exterior view of exhibits at the Crystal Palace. Prominent objects on display included slates from various quarries, columns and anchors, and Marrochetti's 'Coeur de Lion'. A steam engine can be seen in the distance. The 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). The Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), was purpose-built for the occasion. It was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park in 1851 before the structure was dismantled and moved to Sydenham, South London.