Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Progress of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854
    Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1820–1889); Henry Negretti (British, born Italy, 1818–1879)
    Albumen silver prints; 2 albumen silver imperial cards
    David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1952 (52.639.18,.27,.36,.37,.41,.54,.56,.74,.80,.81)

    The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, the first world's fair, was held in London in 1851 in a temporary building constructed especially for the event. Named the Crystal Palace, the structure so amazed and impressed the public that after the exhibition ended, the building was dismantled and moved to a permanent site at Sydenham. The major commission of Delamotte's career was the photographic documentation of the reconstruction of the Crystal Palace—one of the early uses of photography for reportage.

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  • Progress of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854
    Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1820–1889); Henry Negretti (British, born Italy, 1818–1879)
    Albumen silver prints; 2 albumen silver imperial cards
    David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1952 (52.639.18,.27,.36,.37,.41,.54,.56,.74,.80,.81)
    Queen Victoria Presiding at the Reopening of the Reconstructed Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854
    Attributed to Thomas Richard Williams (British, 1825–1871)
    Albumen silver print from glass negative (copy print of a daguerreotype)
    Museum Accession (X.673)

    This is said to be the first indoor photograph of a crowd.


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