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First Column Of The Building

First Column Of The Building

Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Tab.442.a.5

Item number: 1

Length: 19.2

Width: 14.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The first column of the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall is raised at Sydenham Hill. The building, which attracted more than six million visitors to a showcase of the century's technological achievements, was designed by Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. The prefabricated building was dismantled after six months and rebuilt in south-east London. Photographer P H Delamotte recorded the rebuilding of Crystal Palace in the new location until it was opened by Queen Victoria on 10 June 1854.

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