Crystal Palace

Exterior View of the Building for the Great Exhibition of 1851 Constructed Chiefly of Glass and Iron. Designed by Joseph Paxton Esq. Now Constructing by the Contractors Messrs. Fox, Henderson & Co.

British Isles London
  • Author: STANNARD & DIXON
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Pubd. By Stannard & Dixon, 7 Poland Street
  • Publication date: 1851
  • Physical description: Lithograph with original hand colour.
  • Dimensions: Image: 300 by 450mm (11.75 by 17.75 inches). Sheet: 417 by 575mm (16.5 by 22.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12378


A view of the Crystal Palace built to house the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, organised by Prince Albert and the Royal Society. The exhibition was meant to be self funding and was so successful – six million people visited from all over the world, as shown in the foreground of the print – that the surplus was enough to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Prints like this were very popular as souvenirs or for those who could not visit.


  1. BM 1949,1011.94.