The Magnificent Building, For the World’s Fair of 1851; Built of Iron and Glass, in Hyde Park, London, Nathaniel Currier

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Very top center above building sketch “The Crystal Palace” . Building in center and men, women and children walking on grounds, man on horse left of lower center, empty horse-drawn carriage right of lower center

The first World’s Fair was held at The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London in 1851. The building was made of wrought iron and glass and was approximately 1,850 feet long and 480 feet high. It was designed by Joseph Paxton and stood on that site until 1936 when it was destroyed by fire. The “Great Exhibition,” as the original World’s Fair is often referred to, was the first international exhibition in the era of industrialization. World expositions provided an opportunity for advancements in science, technology and art from around the world to be celebrated.

Object Creator
Currier, Nathaniel (American, 1813-1888)
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Hand-colored lithograph
14 x 10 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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