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Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, c.1855

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Crystal Palace (made)
    London (made)

  • Date:

    c.1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    daguereotype photography, wooden frame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DAG, shelf 12

The daguerreotype process was introduced to the public in 1839 by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, and was hugely popular as a medium for portraiture until the middle of the 1850s. To create a daguerreotype, a silver plated sheet was given a light sensitive surface coating of iodine vapour. After a long exposure in the camera, the image was developed over heated mercury and fixed in a common salt solution. The image lies on a mirror-like surface and is best seen from an angle to minimise reflections.

This daguerreotype shows the Great Exhibition (also known as Crystal Palace), an international exhibition held in Hyde Park, London in 1851.

Physical description

Deguerreotype of the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park / Crystal Palace, Sydenham interior, main nave with Osler's crystal fountain, in a wooden frame, perhaps half of stereoscopic pair.

Place of Origin

Crystal Palace (made)
London (made)


c.1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

daguereotype photography, wooden frame


Height: 105 mm frame, Width: 92 mm frame, Height: 76 mm image, Width: 64 mm image

Descriptive line

Daguerreotype of Crystal Palace in Hyde Park during the Great Exhibition, in wooden frame, London, c.1855


Copper; Wood




Photographs; The Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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