This detailed picture is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1854 in "The Illustrated London News". It shows the Crystal Palace in London. The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass structure originally built in Hyde Park, London, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in its 990,000-square-foot exhibition space to display examples of technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. Designed by Joseph Paxton, the Great Exhibition building was 1,851 feet long, with an interior height of 128 feet. It was three times larger than the size of St Paul's Cathedral. The introduction of the sheet glass method into Britain by Chance Brothers in 1832 made possible the production of large sheets of cheap but strong glass, and its use in the Crystal Palace created a structure with the greatest area of glass ever seen in a building and astonished visitors with its clear walls and ceilings that did not require interior lights. The reverse side of the engraving is a page of the "The Illustrated London News" of April 22nd 1854. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
Published : London, England 1854
Size : circa 10 1/2 x 16 inches
Condition: Good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures
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