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Progress of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham

Artist:
Philip Henry Delamotte (British, 1821–1889)
Artist:
Henry Angelo Ludovico Negretti (British, born Italy, 1818–1879)
Date:
1854
Medium:
Albumen silver prints
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.639
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Bookplate affixed to front endpaper "Ingram".
[...]; Albert E. Marshall, Providence, Rhode Island; (Swann Galleries, New York, February 14, 1952, lot 95); [Richard S. Wormser]

Negretti & Zambra prints are numbered 52.524.5, Crystal Palace exterior, and 52.524.4, Crystal Palace interior. Six plates by Delamotte, 52.639.6, .19, .33, .34, .59, & .78, have been removed and matted.
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