The Great London Exhibition
The Great London Exhibition, officially called the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, was held from May to October 1851. It brought together displays of the latest inventions in science and technology as well as craftwork, fine art, and gems from around the world. The exhibition was envisioned and organized by inventor Henry Cole and Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, and was held in an iron and glass building called the Crystal Palace that was constructed specifically for the event. In total, the Great London Exhibition of 1851 attracted some six million visitors in the five months that it was open.
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.
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