George Cruikshank (1792-1878)
The Opening of the Great Industrial Exhibition of all Nations
Hand coloured etching
Museum no. 19648
Prince Albert officially announced the Great Exhibition in 1849, and appointed a Royal Commission to decide on the content, the building and its site, and the prizes to be given to the best exhibits. The Exhibition was conceived to demonstrate Britain's status as an industrial power, and to give a boost to manufacturing after the weak economy of the 1840s. Queen Victoria opened The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations on May Day 1851.
This print can be found in Print Room Box 4.