Recollections of the Great Exhibition

Various artists/makers

Not on view

This portfolio contains a list of contents and 26 hand-colored lithographs, including an illustrated title page. The prints are based on watercolors by various artists and show major exhibit areas. Many of the related watercolors are at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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 in Hyde park designed by Joseph Paxton. Between May and October more than six million visitors flocked to view more than 100,000 objects sent by 15,000 exhibitors and organized by theme and place of origin. This first world’s fair focused on national manufactures and aimed to encourage international trade and exchange of ideas, while promoting British products and inventions. 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.

Recollections of the Great Exhibition, Day & Son, Ltd., London, Set of hand-colored lithographs mounted on card stock, in a red cloth-covered portfolio

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Plate 3: General view of the interior: 1976.644(3)