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'The Opening of the Great Hive of the World', 1 May 1851.

Cruikshank, George

'The Opening of the Great Hive of the World', 1 May 1851.
2 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm


Etching satirising the Great Exhibition by George Cruikshank. The 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations', was an idea conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). The Crystal Palace was purpose-built to house more than 30,000 exhibits. It was designed by the landscape designer Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), and was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. After illustrating some children's books and songs, George Cruikshank made his name as a political caricaturist with 'The Scourge' (1811-1816) and 'The Meteor' (1813-1814). He went on to become one of the most well-known caricaturists of his age, and on his death was buried in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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