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Facsimile of Sir Joseph Paxton's original sketch of the Crystal Palace

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paxton, Joseph Sir, born 1803 - died 1865 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithograph on pink blotting paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case B2, shelf EDUC, box 4

Physical description


Place of Origin

England (made)


1851 (made)


Paxton, Joseph Sir, born 1803 - died 1865 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

lithograph on pink blotting paper

Marks and inscriptions

Paxton's original conception of "The Chrystal[sic] Palace" given to me by W. Bradbury Esq. Br.[?]


Height: 234 mm drawing, Width: 275 mm drawing, Height: 245 mm sheet with drawing, Width: 300 mm sheet with drawing, Height: 35 mm inscription, Width: 139 mm inscription, Height: 123 mm sheet with inscription, Width: 277 mm sheet with inscription

Object history note

Comparison with the original shows that an extra ink blot has been added to the facsimile, which otherwise seems to have been made by a process of ananstatic printing.

Provenance: W. Bradbury, Mr Bridges, his son G. G. Bridges.

Descriptive line

Lithograph of Sir Joseph Paxton's design for the Crystal Palace

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Design Cities. Eight moments that changed the world Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik S, 2008. ISBN: 978-975-6167-26-7.
Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.


Lithographic ink



Subjects depicted

Crystal Palace


Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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