CRYSTAL PALACE, Sydenham, London. The interior of the vast nave of the Crystal Palace, viewed from the gallery above the Queens Screen at the south end. The nave was 100 feet 3 inches high, and the building was 1, 608 feet (490 metres) or about a third of a mile long. Photographed in 1859 by Philip Henry Delamotte
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print captures the grandeur of the Crystal Palace, a true architectural marvel of its time. Taken in 1859 by Philip Henry Delamotte, it offers a glimpse into the interior of this iconic structure located in Sydenham, London. The image showcases the vast nave of the Crystal Palace, as seen from an elevated gallery above the Queens Screen at the south end. The sheer scale is awe-inspiring; with a height reaching 100 feet 3 inches and stretching for about a third of a mile (1, 608 feet or 490 meters), it truly exemplifies Victorian engineering prowess. Delamotte's keen eye beautifully captures every detail within this glass-encased wonderland. The intricate ironwork that supports and embellishes the arches adds to its ethereal charm. This photograph serves as both documentation and testament to an era when innovation was celebrated through architecture. As we gaze upon this remarkable image today, we are transported back to a time when visitors marveled at what seemed like an impossible feat – combining glass and iron on such an immense scale. It reminds us of our capacity for ingenuity and creativity in pushing boundaries. Philip Henry Delamotte's photograph not only preserves history but also invites us to appreciate the beauty found within these industrial materials. It stands as a tribute to one man's vision brought to life through artistry and craftsmanship - forever etched onto photographic paper for generations to come.
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