Breakfast Time At The Crystal Palace
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Construction workers take a break at the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham. Designed by architect Joseph Paxton for the first universal fair held in Hyde Park in 1851, the prefabricated building was dismantled and reconstructed in south-east London after the exhibition closed. The building was a milestone in the development of modern architecture for its innovative use of wrought iron and glass, symbolic of English power both from a political and engineering standpoint.