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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1854 (published)
    1852 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nash, Joseph, born 1808 - died 1878 (artist)
    Dickinson Brothers (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR107, box LOANS

Designed by Joseph Nash, this is a set of views published with accompanying text as Dickinson’s Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition, exploiting the newly available technique of colour lithography. Nash was one of the more prolific artists working with this medium, whereby a picture is made by printing from a flat surface (traditionally stone, now often a metal plate), on which the artist draws or paints the original design with a greasy substance. The surface is then prepared, moistened and inked; the greasy printing ink adheres to the design, which is then printed onto a sheet of paper.

This view of the exhibits shows that, as well as works of art and manufacture, a large number of natural resources were on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851, including animal products. The aim was to impress the visitor by with the quality of produce from participating countries.

Physical description

Interior view of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Visitors, men, woman and children, are inspecting displays of a variety of furs, feathers, fabrics, and a telescope. On the balcony above are more visitors looking down. Banners hanging from the balcony indicate the nature of the products in the stalls below, namely 'Fur' and 'Hair'. From the balcony hang more pelts and furs bearing signs with the name of the seller, Nicholay & Son.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1854 (published)
1852 (made)


Nash, Joseph, born 1808 - died 1878 (artist)
Dickinson Brothers (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

J.N. 1852
Artist signature lower left

Below lower margin, centred

Dickinson Bros. 114, New Bond Street
Below lower margin, centred

repeated in image

On banner, left corner and also right side

On banner, left centre of image

In background

Banner, right sidem centre

On fur, left hand side

Banners in top half of image above balcony


Height: 34.7 cm, Width: 49.2 cm

Object history note

This image is one from the Dickinson Brothers publication entitled 'Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851' of lithographs from the originals painted for Prince Albert.

Descriptive line

Lithograph from 'Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851', pub. Dickinson Brothers, 1854



Subjects depicted

Subject; Telescope; Hide; Statue; Feathers; Tree; Furs; Skins; Fabric; Taxidermy


Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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