Interior Of The South Wing
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Construction work in progress at the south wing of the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in Sydenham, designed by architect Joseph Paxton for the first universal fair held in Hyde Park in 1851. After the exhibition closed, the prefabricated building was dismantled and reconstructed in south-east London. It was a milestone in the development of modern architecture for of its innovative use of wrought iron and glass, symbolic of English power both from a political and engineering standpoint.