The Upper Gallery 11
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Close-up of the complex framework which supports the upper gallery of the Crystal Palace exhibition hall at 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. 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.