Part of the French Court, No. 2, from "Recollections of the Great Exhibition, 1851"

Walter Goodall 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. This second lithograph devoted to the French Court shows a walnut sideboard by Fourdinois of Paris decorated with animals and female figures, near a marble sculpture of a bather. Overhead, a banner directs visitors to an Algerian exhibit organized by the French War Department. 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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