An Overland Journey to the Great Exhibition

After Richard Doyle British
Engraver Dalziel Brothers British
Publisher Chapman and Hall British

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London's Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was held in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, a huge glass-and-cast-iron hall specially erected in Hyde Park. International displays devoted to art, technology, and manufacturing delighted six million visitors over a five-month period. Humorist Richard Doyle commemorated the multinational character of the event with a panoramic wood engraving that gently makes fun of the participants. Eight panels approach nine feet in length when fully opened, but fold neatly into cardboard covers and can be viewed a few at a time. Doyle used a medley of stereotypes to comment ironically on the fair's vaunted internationalism.

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