Part of the Birmingham Court, from "Recollections of the Great Exhibition, 1851"

Henry Clark Pidgeon British
Lithographer Day & Son, Ltd., London British
Publisher Lloyd Brothers & Co. British

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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. In this lithograph a man and two boys examine cast metal lamps, brackets, fences, portraits of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, and smaller objects made by Messenger of Birmingham. 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.

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