The Crystal Palace
The Crystal Palace
A pictorial celebration of the Crystal Palace, telling the fascinating story of one of the most famous buildings of the Victorian era
A pictorial celebration of the Crystal Palace, telling the fascinating story of one of the most famous buildings of the Victorian era Read more
The Crystal Palace – about the book
Originally built in London’s Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, The Crystal Palace was considered a wonder of the Victorian age. During the six months of the exhibition, Joseph Paxton’s magnificent cast-iron and plate-glass construction welcomed more than six million visitors. The building played host to over 14,000 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing the technology of the Industrial Revolution.
When the exhibition closed, a new home was found for the Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill in south-east London. Redesigned and reconstructed over the course of two years to be even larger and more impressive, the Palace reopened in 1854 to become a centre for culture, education and enjoyment.
The Crystal Palace celebrates Paxton’s groundbreaking design, the construction of the original palace in Hyde Park, the attractions of the Great Exhibition, the Palace's new lease of life in Sydenham and the surrounding park – including the famous dinosaur sculptures. The release of the book is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the destruction of the Crystal Palace by a catastrophic fire in 1936 – a spectacular blaze visible across eight counties on the night of 30 November.
Featuring rarely seen photographs and illustrations from the renowned Getty Images library, this 96-page hardback book tells the fascinating story of the Crystal Palace through a series of specially selected pictures, reproduced using the latest printing technology to ensure high-quality reproduction.
1. Building the Palace – the construction of Joseph Paxton's innovative design for the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park
2. The Great Exhibition – exploring the attractions of the 1851 exhibition in Hyde Park, which enthralled more than six million visitors in just six months
3. A New Beginning – the story of the Crystal Palace's relocation to Sydenham and the new parks and gardens created around the redesigned and expanded building
4. The Fire – recalling the fateful night of 30 November 1936, when the Crystal Palace was rapidly consumed by flames and destroyed in a catastrophic fire
5. Modern Times – a look at what remains of the Crystal Palace site today and the sporting events and activities that take place within the grounds that the spectacular building once occupied
Hardback, sewn on 2.5mm matt-laminated cover
Size: 96 pages
Dimensions: 255m x 210mm (landscape)
Paper stock: 140gsm, gloss finish
Printed by Grafiche Damiani with Staccato technology
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