The Centre Transept, From The Garden
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 it's reconstruction in south-east London for the Crystal Palace Art Union. This photo shows the reconstructed centre transept from the garden of the palace. It is composed entirely of glass and iron and after its reopening in 1854 it housed a national centre of entertainment and enlightenment for the British public.