William Simpson (1823-99)
Souvenir of the Great Exhibition, The Transept from the Grand Entrance
Museum no. 19627
The exhibition needed national support to succeed. Committees were formed all around Britain to encourage exhibitors to participate and promote the exhibition. Local committees had varying degrees of success; nevertheless, half the funding came from outside London.
The regions and the capital had a fruitful dialogue, and the contributions of the regional committees were an important element in the outcome of the exhibition. The Great Exhibition was thus organised 'in two directions: from the top down, and from the bottom up'. Jeffrey A. Auerbach, 'The Great Exhibition of 1851 - A Nation on Display' p. 88
This print can be found in Print Room Box 4.