Portrait Gallery of the Crystal Palace
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First published in 1854 as part of the official handbook series for the Crystal Palace, this guide to the Portrait Gallery provides a catalogue of those chosen for display, plus biographical... More > information. In effect, this offers a directory of those held in high esteem by mid-Victorian London society. It’s a roll call of Britain’s heritage. Listed are artists and musicians, poets and dramatists, scientists, soldiers, statesmen, theologians, and royalty. Portraits were organised by nation: Greek and Roman, Italian, French, German, and English (notably, not ‘British’). Complete facsimile.< Less
Guide to the Crystal Palace and Park
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The “Crystal Palace Guides” reprints original guides from the 1854 Crystal Palace. Detailed descriptions and many illustrations makes this Guide a comprehensive overview, together with... More > descriptions of the special courts and galleries. It also offers a walking tour around the park’s thematic gardens. The Geological Illustrations and Extinct Animals are described, including the famous dinosaurs of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Maps include both palace and park. Facsimile of 1856 edition. Complete. Why 1856? When the 1854 edition went to press, the palace and park were not yet finished, e.g., the fountains weren't working! The 1856 edition accurately describes the palace and park as visitors experienced them, providing more maps, more drawings of exhibits, and far better descriptions. Editions after 1856 were substantially revised but images were degraded or simplified. Important historical information was removed. Compared with others, the 1856 edition is special.< Less
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