William Simpson, Souvenir of the Great Exhibition

William Simpson, Souvenir of the Great Exhibition

William Simpson (1823-99)
Souvenir of the Great Exhibition, The Foreign Department
Viewed towards the Transept
1851
Colour lithograph
Museum no. 19625

The amount of glass required - 81.000 square meters - was so vast that the manufacturers, Chance Brothers of Birmingham, had to hire more glassblowers from France and Belgium. The building was, in a way, an exhibit too: a product of the new machine age.

 

This print can be found in Print Room Box 4.