ENGLISH EXHIBITIONS 1857 TO 1900
 

Manchester Exhibition of 1857. Views are rare. Taken by P.H. Delamotte. Generally fairly light with poor lighting. Please remember that 'Condition' relates to just that - Condition. It is not a comment on the abilities of the photogapher.


'View from the Organ Gallery'.
Condition 9.
Order #4101.
Price $25.
 
 


'The Transept from the South'.
Condition 9.
Order #4102.
Price $25.
 
 

Crystal Palace

The Great Exhibition, the brainchild of Prince Albert, the Consort to Queen Victoria, was conceived during the 1840s and opened in Hyde Park on 1 May 1851. After a quiet beginning it proved to be a vast success in the six months that it ran and was, up to that time, the greatest peacetime movement of persons ever witnessed. Over six million people visited between May and October. On the last day, 11 October 1851, no fewer than 53,000 people visited the Exhibition.
It was housed in the beautiful Crystal Palace, an inspired design by Joseph Paxton, based on his building of the great glasshouses at Chatsworth.
After the Exhibition, there was great debate about what to do with the Crystal Palace. It could not stay in Hyde Park and was eventually, in 1854, rebuilt at Sydenham in south London. There the Exhibition was re-created anew.
Wild claims have been made regarding stereoviews of the Crystal Palace. Many are claimed to be of the Exhibition in Hyde Park when in fact, NONE ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. All views therefore are of the Crystal Palace as reconstructed at Sydenham. An especially fine series was produced by T.R. Williams. Delamotte (De la Motte) also produced fine views. Exterior views usually illustrate the two distinctive towers (for water pressure for the fountains), which didn't even exist at the Hyde Park site. The Wikipedia entry is (for once) accurate and excellent. Click  HERE  for that.

Sadly the Crystal Palace burned down on the night of 20 November 1936, marking the final end of the Victorian era. A friend of mine was a child at the time and lived eight miles away. From his bedroom he saw the glow of the fire and the whole family went to watch. He still has a large lump of fused glass from the Palace which he picked up some days later.
 
 
 

Crystal Palace Views

The Crystal Palace as re-erected in 1854/55 at Sydenham. The chronology of Crystal Palace views is complicated and an attempt was made by Treadwell et al. (Institute of Photographic Research, view list series #3, fifth edition, July 2000) to sort the various series.  The late Geoff Gilbert carried out extensive research over many years but, sadly, his work was never published. We are fortunate, however, to have acquired many of his research notes which are invaluable in dating views. Negretti and Zambra were assigned exclusive rights in the early years but other photographers and varied series soon appeared. T.R. Williams is generally credited with the early Negretti series and, indeed, his 'TRW' blindstamp appears on some views. Yellow mount views are later and can generally be attributed to the 1860s or 1870s, whereas the white and grey mount views are from the 1850s.
 


'Crystal Palace'. Seems to be a line drawing but is extremely early. I would date this at 1855/56.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4103.
Price $35.
 


Untitled.
Condition 9.
Order #4104.
Price $22.
 
 


'North ???'.
Condition 8.
Order #4105.
Price $22.
 


'View from the Grounds'.
Condition 9.
Order #4106.
Price $25.
 


'Crystal Palace'. Handwritten. 'Bought at Crystal Palace, July 25th 1874'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4107.
Price $25.
 


'The Model'. Dated 1857.
Condition 8.
Order #4108.
Price $22.
 


'Stereoscopic Illustrations of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. View in the Ancient Sculpture Gallery'. This series dates from the late 1850s.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4109.
Price $22.
 


'Stereoscopic Illustrations of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. The Nave'. This series dates from the late 1850s. Ex collection of Viv and Ron Lowden.
Condition 9.
Order #4110.
Price $22.
 


'Stereoscopic Illustrations of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. View in the Greek Court'. This series dates from the late 1850s.
Condition. Slight loss of tinting at bottom of left image.
Order #4111.
Price $18.
 


1850s view of the Nave.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4112.
Price $22.
 


T.R. Williams. 'No 5. The Pompeian Court'.
Condition. Slight crease thru center of mount, not affecting s.
Order #4113.
Price $22.
 


Untitled 1850s view.
Condition 8.
Order #4114.
Price $22.
 


Untitled 1850s view.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4115.
Price $22.
 


'Egyptian Court'. 1850s hand-tinted view.
Condition. Light foxing on mount.
Order #4116.
Price $25.
 


'The Mourners by G. Lough'. 1850s hand-tinted view.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4117.
Price $22.
 


Untitled 1850s view. London Stereoscopic blindstamp.
Condition 8.
Order #4118.
Price $22.
 


Untitled late 1850s view.
Condition 8.
Order #4119.
Price $18.
 


Untitled late 1850s view.
Condition 8.
Order #4120.
Price $18.
 


'Crystal Palace Sculpture Gallery. 218. Zephyr Wooing Flora, by Wyatt'.
Condition 8.
Order #4121.
Price $18.
 


'Crystal Palace. 1. The Nave'. This series on cream mounts with printed title and description is about 1859/60.
Condition 8.
Order #4122.
Price $18.
 


'Crystal Palace. 8. The Byzantine Court'.
Condition. Although the images are complete, the width of the mount has been much reduced.
Order #4123.
Price $12.
 


'Crystal Palace. 67. General View of the Nave'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4124.
Price $18.
 


'Crystal Palace. 77. Tomb of Giuliano de Medici'.
Condition. Light images with light brown spotting.
Order #4125.
Price $12.
 


'Crystal Palace. 86. The Ghiberti Gates'.
Condition. Light marks.
Order #4126.
Price $18.
 
 


'Interior of the Nave, looking north'.
Condition 6 (soiling and the odd mark).
Order #4127.
Price $10.
 


'Interior of Crystal Palace'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #4128.
Price $18.
 


'Inside of Crystal Palace'.
Condition 8.
Order #4129.
Price $18.
 


Untitled hand-tinted view.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4130.
Price $22.
 


'South Nave, C.P.'.
Condition 7.
Order #4131.
Price $18.
 


'The Crystal Palace'.
Condition. Images light but clear.
Order #4132.
Price $15.
 


'London. July 16 1874'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4133.
Price $18.
 


'Crystal Palace. The Tropical Department'.
Condition. Couple of small brown spots and black mark at top of right image.
Order #4134.
Price $18.
 


'North Nave. Tropical End'. Dated July 16 1874.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4135.
Price $22.
 


Fine untitled hand-tinted view.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4136.
Price $25.
 

The next section comprises views with a yellow attached label. Date from around 1860.
 


'1. The Nave looking towards the north'.
Condition 8.
Order #4137.
Price $15.
 


'1. The Nave looking towards the north'. Dufferent neg.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4138.
Price $22.
 


'1. The Alhambra and Court of Lions'.
Condition 8.
Order #4139.
Price $18.
 


'67. General view of the Nave. looking towards the south'.
Condition 8.
Order #4140.
Price $18.
 


'79. Vestibule on the garden side of the English Medieval Court'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4141.
Price $22.
 


'Crystal Palace'.A late Negretti & Zambra view (probably 1880s).
Condition 8.
Order #4142
Price $15.
 


'Crystal Palace. the Alhambra Court'. Tissue view.
Condition. Light brown staining on left image.
Order #4143.
Price $18.
 


Untitled.
Condition. Fingernail split on right image (right hand of large urn). This does not go thru to the backing tissue. Also a tiny split at extreme top of left image.
Order #4144.
Price $18.
 


Untitled.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4145.
Price $22.
 
 
 

The 1862 Brompton Road Exhibition

An entirely separate exhibition set was produced by the London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company for the 1862 exhibition; these were taken by their chief photographer, William England. This exhibition was held in a purpose-built building at South Kensington, known as the 'Brompton Boilers' because of its two large domes, and promptly demolished afterwards. I heard recently however that parts were re-erected some eight miles from London and still exist - and are used as a skating rink! The profits from this exhibition were ploughed into the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, which are located in South Kensington on the same site.  These views are usually in monochrome but, sometimes,  are encountered with beautiful hand-tinting. There are around 450 views in this series.
 

View #2 was by far the most popular view. We are offering here a selection. All are from different negs. and feature different people.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8 but soiled on the back.
Order #4146.
Price $15.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition. Mount split thru center, not affecting images.
Order #4147.
Price $15.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8.
Order #4148.
Price $18.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 7.
Order #4149.
Price $15.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4150.
Price $18.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8.
Order #4151.
Price $18.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 9.
Order #4152.
Price $22.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8.
Order #4153.
Price $18.
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4154.
Price $22.
 
 


'2. The Nave from the Western Dome'.
Condition 9.
Order #4155.
Price $22.
 


'5. Sculpture. Roman Court'.
Condition. Slight bubble on mount in top right corner.
Order #4156.
Price $18.
 


'6. The Austrian Court, No 2'.
Condition. Bottom left of right image is missing.
Order #4157.
Price $10.
 


'8. Venus by J. Gibson R.A.'.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4158.
Price $18.
 


'11. Austrian Court (5)'.
Condition. Stains, mostly on the mount and the back.
Order #4159.
Price $12.
 


'12. Sculpture. Italian Court (1)'.
Condition 8.
Order #4160.
Price $18.
 
 


'13. Sculpture. Italian Court (2)'.
Condition. Couple of slight losses on mount.
Order #4161.
Price $18.
 


'17. The Queen, by Noble'.
Condition. Slight scissor cut to top left of mount.
Order #4162.
Price $18.
 


'21. Centre of Messrs Garrard's Case'.
Condition 9.
Order #4163.
Price $22.
 
 

View #28 was, once again, a very popular view. We are offering here a selection. All are from different negs. and feature different people.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4164.
Price $22.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 8.
Order #4165.
Price $22.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4166.
Price $22.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4167.
Price $22.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition. One small black processing spot in center of right image.
Order #4168.
Price $18.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 8.
Order #4169.
Price $22.
 


'28. The Nave from the Eastern Dome'.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4170.
Price $22.
 


'31. Modefly by Corbellini'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4171.
Price $18.
 


'33. Tinted Venus and Pandora, by J. Gibson R.A. (2)'.
Condition 7.
Order #4172.
Price $18.
 


'33. Tinted Venus and Pandora, by J. Gibson R.A. (2)'. Fine hand-tinted version.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4173.
Price $25.
 


'38. The Eastern Transept'.
Condition 7.
Order #4174.
Price $18.
 


'40. Lady Godiva by Thomas'.
Condition 9.
Order #4175.
Price $18.
 


'41. Glass Court (1)'.
Condition 8.
Order #4176.
Price $18.
 


'43. La Sposa e l'Indovina, L. Gugliemi Sculp.'.
Condition. Slight damage at top of mount.
Order #4177.
Price $15.
 
 


'44. La Pieta, G. Arhtemann, Sculp.'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4178.
Price $18.
 


'45. Calvary, P. Eroli, Sculp. (Roman Court)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4179.
Price $18.
 


'47. The Glass Court (2)'.
Condition 7.
Order #4180.
Price $12.
 



 
'52. The North West Transept'.
Condition /8.
Order #4181.
Price $15.
 


'53. The Nave, from the Western Dome (2)'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4182.
Price $22.
 


'56. Cupid Captive, by Calder Marshall'.
Condition 8.
Order #4183.
Price $15.
 


'57. Cock Fighting. A. Pelloli, Sculp.'.
Condition 7.
Order #4184.
Price $12.
 


'48. Model of the Cathedral of Milan. Giacomo Mallarelli, Modeller'.
Condition 7.
Order #4185.
Price $12.
 


'50. Venus, by Canova, from original Statue'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #4186.
Price $15.
 


'61. The Sleep of Sorrow the Dream of Joy, by R. Monti'.
Condition 8.
Order #4187.
Price $15.
 


'67. Prussian Court (3)'.
Condition 10.
Order #4188.
Price $22.
 
 

View #68 was photographed from every conceivable angle and was heavily promoted. The reason for that is simple - London Stereoscopic bought the figure and therefore had no royalties to pay on the sales of this view.
 


'68. The Reading Girl, by Magni'.
Condition 9.
Order #4189.
Price $18.
 


'68. The Reading Girl, by P. Magni, Sculp.'.
Condition 8.
Order #4190.
Price $15.
 


'68. The Reading Girl, by P. Magni, Sculp.'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4191.
Price $15.
 


'68. A Girl Reading, by P. Magni, Sculp.'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4192.
Price $15.
 


'69. State Ceremonials'.
Condition 7.
Order #4193.
Price $22.
 


'71. Austrian Court (8)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4194.
Price $22.
 


'73. South East Picture Gallery (2)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4195.
Price $22.
 


'75. Venus rising from the sea, by G.A. Fraikin'.
Condition 9.
Order #4196.
Price $18.
 


'77. Nymph and Cupid, by Theed'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4197.
Price $15.
 


'78. Austrian Court (9)'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4198.
Price $18.
 


'79. The Austrian Court, No 10'.
Condition 7.
Order #4199.
Price $12.
 


'80. Mars, Venus and Cupid, by L. Kissling'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #4200.
Price $15.
 


'81. Engraved glass by Messrs Naylor & Co.'.
Condition. Light marks.
Order #4201.
Price $15.
 


'81. Engraved glass by Messrs Naylor & Co.'. Variant.
Condition 9.
Order #4202.
Price $18.
 


'86. View from the Staircase, Western Dome'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition. Light marks.
Order #4203.
Price $22.
 


'88. Austrian Court, No 11'.
Condition 8.
Order #4204.
Price $18.
 


'95. Edward VI, Baron de Friqueti, Sculp.'.
Condition. Mount split thru center.
Order #4205.
Price $5.
 


'96. Majolica Ware, exhibited by the Marquis Ginori Lisci (Florence)'.
Condition 7.
Order #4206.
Price $12.
 


'98. Nymph and Cupid by Muller. Exhibited by Her Majesty'.
Condition 8.
Order #4207.
Price $18.
 


'100. Jephthah and Daughter, J. Mozier, Sculp.'.
Condition 9.
Order #4208.
Price $18.
 


'101. The Sybil &c. (Roman Court).'.
Condition 9.
Order #4209.
Price $18.
 


'102. Daphne Bust, by Marshall Wood'.
Condition 8.
Order #4210.
Price $15.
 


'107. The Death of Marmion, by Bailey'.
Condition 8.
Order #4211.
Price $15.
 


'109. Nymph of Diana, Giovanni Albertoni, Sculp.'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4212.
Price $18.
 


'110. Vases &c, in Dresden Porcelain (Prussian Court)'.
Condition 8 but light images.
Order #4213.
Price $12.
 


'111. View in the Nave. Russian Vases &c (1)'.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4214.
Price $22.
 
 


'112. Engraved Glass, Venetian Pattern. By Naylor & Co. (2)'.
Condition 10.
Order #4215.
Price $22.
 


'112. Engraved Glass, Venetian Pattern. By Naylor & Co. (3)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4216.
Price $22.
 


'116. A Baccante. E. Barrana, Sculp. (Roman Court)'.
Condition 6.
Order #4217.
Price $8.
 


'117. China and Porcelain by Minton & Co.'.
Condition. Light surface marks.
Order #4218.
Price $18.
 


'118. Ewers and vases by Duke & Co.'.
Condition 8.
Order #4219.
Price $18.
 


'121. The Indian. Pietra Costa, Sculp.'.
Condition. Right corner of mount is soft and has a slight crease.
Order #4220.
Price $12.
 


'125. Porcelain and Majolica vases by Duke & Co.'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4221.
Price $22.
 


'128. Prayer. Marble Bust, by Pietro Bernasconi'. Ex Treadwell Collection.
Condition 8.
Order #4222.
Price $15.
 


'130. The First Cradle, by E. Norchi'.
Condition 8.
Order #4223.
Price $15.
 


'149. Vases &c.,in Painted China, by Copeland & Co. (2)'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4224.
Price $18.
 
 


'151. The Golden Plover, Wood Carving, by Wallace (1)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4225.
Price $18.
 


'152. Wood Carvings, by Wallace (2)'.
Condition. Slight mark at bottom left of right image.
Order #4226.
Price $18.
 


'155. Eve before the Fall, by Pietro Dal Negro'.
Condition 8.
Order #4227.
Price $15.
 


'156. Mother and Child, by Calder Marshall'.
Condition 9.
Order #4228.
Price $18.
 


'167. Wagtail and Fly, Wood Carving, by T.W. Wallis'. Mason, Brighton, blindstamp.
Condition 8.
Order #4229.
Price $18.
 


'168. Carving. Group of Game, by T.H. Kendall'.
Condition 9.
Order #4230.
Price $18.
 


'172. Venus, by Nollekens, value £2,000 guineas'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4231.
Price $15.
 


'173. Water Nymph, by Thomas'.
Condition 8.
Order #4232.
Price $15.
 


'176. "Go to Sleep", by Durham'.
Condition 9.
Order #4233.
Price $18.
 


'196. Highland Mary, Marble Statuette, by A. Brodie'.
Condition 8.
Order #4234.
Price $15.
 


'206. The Mediaeval Court (4)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4235.
Price $22.
 


'206. The Mediaeval Court (7)'.
Condition 9/10.
Order #4236.
Price $25.
 
 


Untitled. Marked on the back '#214'. This is probably Glass by Naylor.
Condition 8.
Order #4237.
Price $18.
 


'232. Cupid and Venus, by Gibson R.A.'.
Condition. Fading, stains and marks.
Order #4238.
Price $5.
 


'238. Defending the Pass, by G. Halse'.U.S. 3c revenue stamp on the back.
Condition. Stain to mount and damage to images.
Order #4239.
Price $5.
 


'260. The Sevres China, from the Imperial Manufactory, French Court (5)'.
Condition 9.
Order #4240.
Price $22.
 


'271. Carved Wood Pulpit, Prussian Court (Western Dome)'.
Condition. A few light marks.
Order #4241.
Price $18.
 


'284. Cupid Caught Flying, by Davis'.
Condition 8.
Order #4242.
Price $18.
 


'285. The Right Hon. W. Pitt, by Nollekens'.
Condition 8.
Order #4243.
Price $18.
 


'317. The Grapplers, by Jean Petter Molin (Swedish Court)'.
Condition. Very light images.
Order #4244.
Price $8.
 


Handwritten on the back 'The New Zealand Court. Exhibition 1862'.
Condition 7.
Order #4245.
Price $12.
 
 
 


Small white attached label '10. L. Engraved Glass, Venetian Pattern, London Exhibition 1862'. Possibly pirated.
Condition 7.
Order #4246.
Price $12.
 
 


Small white attached label 'L. Glassware (Austrian Court No 10), London Exhibition 1862'. Possibly pirated.
Condition 7.
Order #4247.
Price $12.
 
 

Dublin International Exhibition of 1865.
 


'!24. Hush, Don't Wake My Baby'.
Condition. Slight ripple on right image.
Order #4248.
Price $15.
 
 


'62. Ophelia'.
Condition 8/9.
Order #4249.
Price $15.
 


'64. The Naughty Girl'.
Condition 7/8.
Order #4250.
Price $12.
 

International Exhibition of 1871
 


'1. Royal Albert Hall, South Side'.
Condition 8.
Order #4251.
Price $22.
 


'7. View in West Side Gallery'.
Condition 8.
Order #4252.
Price $18.
 


'49. The Reading Girl, by Macdowell and C.P. Art Union'.
Condition. Light marks.
Order #4253.
Price $15.
 


'60. View in Fine Art Gallery, East'.
Condition. Overall processing spots.
Order #4254.
Price $12.
 


'67. Kittens at Play, by W.R. Ingram'.
Condition. Slight loss at bottom of mount.
Order #4255.
Price $12.
 

International Exhibition of 1872
 


'19. Girl at Well, by J.S. Westmacott.
Condition 8.
Order #4256.
Price $15.
 


'36. Neopolitan Gypsy Dance, Leop'd Harze, Belgian Court'.
Condition 8.
Order #4257.
Price $15.
 


'184. Infantile Amusement, marble figure by C. Ubolot, Italy'.
Condition 8.
Order #4258.
Price $15.
 


Just marked 'London Exhibition'. 'The English Picture Gallery'. Possibly pirated.
Condition 7.
Order #4259.
Price $10.
 

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