Joseph Nash (born 1808 - died 1878)
'The Indian Court'
Dickinson Brothers (publishers)
London, England (published)
Colour lithograph on paper
Height 44.4 cm x Width 59.8 cm
Museum no. 19536:11
This lithograph shows the Indian Court in the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations held at the Crystal Palace in London in 1851.
The stuffed elephant was on loan from Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. The Koh-i-noor diamond, which had been presented to Queen Victoria in 1850, was also exhibited in the Indian Court. The Great Exhibition included displays from British colonial territories, promoting the idea of Britain as a powerful empire.
The Indian pavilion raised an interest in India, and the visitors to the India Museum in London's Whitehall doubled in 1851. The India Museum's collection was dispersed in the 1870s, and a part of that collection is now at the V&A.