The north transept, waiting for the Queen to open the Great Exhibition, 1851.
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32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

The north transept, waiting for the Queen to open the Great Exhibition, 1851.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Illustrated plate taken from Dickinsons' 'Comprehensive Pictures of The Great Exhibition' (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 and the Royal Albert Hall.
 

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