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Portrait of Henry Philip Hope from 1823
1839
A blue diamond is described in the gem collection catalogue of Henry Philip Hope. The diamond thereafter bears his name.
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Illustration of the Crystal Palace from Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, published 1854. The Crystal Palace, designed by architect Joseph Paxton, was 1,848 feet long and 484 feet wide.
1851
The Hope Diamond was displayed at the Crystal Palace for the Great London Exhibition
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Computer models depicting the history of the Hope Diamond, including (counterclockwise from top) the Tavernier, the French Blue, and the Hope Diamond.
1858
Charles Barbot published the first written speculation that the Hope Diamond is the recut French Blue.
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1851
The Great London Exhibition

Henry Thomas Hope loaned the Hope Diamond for display at the Crystal Palace during the Great London Exhibition. According to a catalogue from the exhibition, 28 diamonds from the Henry Philip Hope Collection were exhibited. This suggests that the brother of Henry Thomas, Alexander, must have contributed diamonds to the display effort since Henry Thomas had only inherited eight gems from his uncle and Alexander had inherited the rest (Kurin 2006).

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Illustration of the Crystal Palace from Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, published 1854. The Crystal Palace, designed by architect Joseph Paxton, was 1,848 feet long and 484 feet wide.
Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 23 October 2017.

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