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First Arrival Of Plants

First Arrival Of Plants

Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Tab.442.a.5

Item number: 32

Length: 15.6

Width: 21.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The first consignment of plants arrive at the reconstructed Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham Hill. The building was originally designed by Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. It attracted more than six million visitors to a showcase of the century's technological and artistic achievements. P H Delamotte's photographs of the rebuilding of Crystal Palace (1852-1854) leave us with a unique record of Victorian Britain at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

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