The Furniture Court, No. 2, from "Recollections of the Great Exhibition, 1851"

Edwin Thomas Dolby 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 lady and gentleman compare sideboards beneath an elaborate painted ceiling, the manufacturer of a large piece identified as Jackson and Graham of Oxford Street. 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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