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William White Warren, 'The Crystal Palace from Penge', between 1854 and 1866

Key facts
Full title The Crystal Palace from Penge
Artist William White Warren
Artist dates 1832 - about 1912
Date made between 1854 and 1866
Medium and support Oil on canvas laid down on cardboard
Dimensions 22.3 × 41.6 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L875
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
The Crystal Palace from Penge
William White Warren

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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