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General View of the Interior (from Recollections of the Great Exhibition)

Artist:
John Absolon (British, London 1815–1895)
Artist:
William Telbin (British, 1813–1873)
Lithographer:
Day & Son, Ltd. (London)
Publisher:
Lloyd Brothers & Co. (London)
Date:
September 1, 1851
Medium:
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 3/4 × 15 5/8 in. (29.9 × 39.7 cm) Mount: 14 15/16 x 21 7/16 in. (38 x 54.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anne Stern Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.664(3)
Not on view
At the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, held in London in 1851, displays of art and manufacture were shown at the Crystal Palace, a specially built glass and iron building designed by Joseph Paxton and erected in Hyde Park. Between May and October more than six million visitors flocked to view thousands of objects organized by theme and place of origin at the first world’s fair. This lithograph records an expansive view of the central transept, whose high roof arches over established elm trees. A fountain that served as a meeting point is surrounded by statues and royal portraits, with courts displaying objects from Persia, India, China and Switzerland nearby. Publishers Lloyd Brothers teamed with lithographers Day & Son to create the hand-colored set to which the print belongs, the whole offering well-to-do visitors a detailed and beautifully produced souvenir.
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