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The opening of the Great Industrial Exhibition of All Nations

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1851 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
    Bogue, David, born 1807 - died 1856 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, coloured by hand

  • Museum number:

    19648

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 4

This etching depicts the opening ceremonies of the Great Exhibition on 1 May 1851. The venue was the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, central London. The building housed a wide range of examples of industrial design from across the world. These ranged from raw materials such as food and coal to highly decorative household goods. Here you can see the Archbishop blessing the objects on display. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are standing on the stage in the middle. The exhibition was open until October 1851.

Physical description

Print showing the opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed and published)

Date

1851 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Cruikshank, George, born 1792 - died 1878 (artist)
Bogue, David, born 1807 - died 1856 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, coloured by hand

Marks and inscriptions

'The opening of the Great Industrial Exhibition of All Nations. By Her most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and his Royal Highness Prince Albert, on the 1st of May 1851. View from south west gallery at the time when the Archbishop is offering up a prayer for the Divine Blessing upon the subjects of this Great Exhibition.' Published by David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street, London, 1851.

Dimensions

Height: 25.3 cm unframed, Width: 40.3 cm unframed

Descriptive line

Print, showing the opening ceremonies of the Great Exhibition of 1851

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

Expo 2010 Shanghai China. World Exposition Museum ISBN: 9787532140503.
Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Techniques

Etching (printing process)

Categories

Prints; Great Exhibition; The Great Exhibition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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