CRYSTAL PALACE, Sydenham, London. The magnificent fountains on the Italian terraces of the Crystal Palace, which had 11, 788 jets and rose to a height of 200 feet (70 metres). The water used was stored in towers designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel at either side of the main building. Photographed in 1859 by Philip Henry Delamotte
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures the grandeur of Crystal Palace in Sydenham, London during the Victorian era. The focal point of this image is the magnificent fountains adorning the Italian terraces of the Crystal Palace. These fountains were a true marvel, boasting an astonishing 11, 788 jets that gracefully propelled water to a staggering height of 200 feet (70 meters). Designed by renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, towering water storage towers flanked either side of the main building. These architectural wonders ensured a steady supply for these awe-inspiring fountains and added to the overall splendor of Crystal Palace. The photograph itself was expertly captured in 1859 by Philip Henry Delamotte, showcasing his exceptional talent in capturing intricate details with precision. Through this lens, we are transported back in time to witness not only the breathtaking glass roof and ornate ironwork but also experience the sheer magnificence and opulence that defined Victorian architecture. Delamotte's skillful composition allows us to appreciate every aspect of this historical gem - from its elegant design elements to its harmonious integration with nature through cascading water features. This print serves as a testament to both Delamotte's artistry and our enduring fascination with preserving moments frozen in time.
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