The Crystal Palace from Penge

between 1854 and 1866, William White Warren

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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The painting shows the Crystal Palace, the monumental glass building erected in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. Following the exhibition, the structure was dismantled and rebuilt to a slightly different plan at Sydenham in south London, opening in 1854. Warren shows the Crystal Palace shimmering in the sun at its new site, surrounded by what remained largely open countryside. One wing of the building, shown here, was destroyed by fire in 1866. The rest was destroyed by fire in 1936.

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