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

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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 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 adjacent courts displaying objects from Persia, India, China and Switzerland. 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.

General View of the Interior (from Recollections of the Great Exhibition), John Absolon (British, London 1815–1895), Hand-colored lithograph

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