Philip Henry Delamotte
The Alhambra Court at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham
Museum no. 39.315
After the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace was dismantled and re-erected in Sydenham. A fire in 1936 destroyed most of the building, but some of the remains can still be seen today, and are Grade II-listed. The photographer Philip Henry Delamotte was commissioned to document the preparation and opening of the 'new' Crystal Palace when it was moved to Sydenham. Owen Jones was responsible for many of the design courts, in particular the Court of the Alhambra. This photograph shows tile detailing which follows many of the same patterns shown in the design of object 8115:5.