Philip Henry Delamotte, 'The Alhambra Court at the Crystal Palace

Philip Henry Delamotte, 'The Alhambra Court at the Crystal Palace

Philip Henry Delamotte
'The Alhambra Court at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham'
1854
Museum no. 39:315

After the Great Exhibition closed, the Crystal Palace was re-erected in south London as a permanent venue for education and entertainment. Its focus shifted away from contemporary manufactures and towards 'best' examples of historical design. Jones was one of the people responsible for designing a series of 'Fine Arts Courts', which included an Egyptian, Greek, Roman and even an Alhambra Court, as shown here.

These courts were created so that visitors could take a journey through the finest examples of architectural and design history. Jones's seminal design sourcebook, 'The Grammar of Ornament', published in 1856, could be considered as the Sydenham Crystal Palace in expanded book form. The publication employed chapters instead of physical architectural courts, and crucially had the capability of reaching a much wider audience, acting very much like a 'mobile' museum of design.