The Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations

Page from the Illustrated London News depicting an exterior view of the Crystal Palace with crowds in the front. Above, at the centre, are the figure of Britannia, with Queen Victoria on the left greeting two female figures in Asian dress on her right, flanked by figures in western dress on the left and in Asian dress on the right. On the left and right of the main picture are three female figures in the style of Grecian sculpture, probably allegorical. Along the bottom of the picture are figures, mainly in non-western costume, with a few exotic animals such as a hippopotamus, ostrich and camels and some vegetal products lying on the ground. These figures are to either side of a circular plaque on which are the words 'The Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations.' Below this is printed:'Given with the Illustrated London News May 24th 1851.'

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