The Crystal Palace from Penge

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1832 - about 1912
Full title
The Crystal Palace from Penge
Date made
between 1854 and 1866
Medium and support
Oil on canvas laid down on cardboard
22.3 × 41.6 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery