The South Wing Seen From The Palace
Photographer: Delamotte, Philip Henry (1820 - 1889)
Medium: Photographic print
Designed by Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, the Crystal Palace was dismantled, re-erected and enlarged in Sydenham Hill, 1852-1854. British photographer P H Delamotte was commissioned to document its reconstruction in south-east London for the Crystal Palace Art Union. This photo depicts the building of the south wing, seen from the palace. After its re-opening in 1854, the palace housed a national centre of entertainment and enlightenment for the British public.