CRYSTAL PALACE, Sydenham, London. The Egyptian Court, showing the portico from the Memnonium, Thebes; the statues represent the god Osiris. The temple was part of a large complex built by Rameses II. Photographed in 1859 by Philip Henry Delamotte
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EDITORS COMMENTS This photograph, captured by the talented Philip Henry Delamotte in 1859, showcases the mesmerizing Crystal Palace in Sydenham, London. The focus of this particular print is on the remarkable Egyptian Court within the palace, specifically highlighting the majestic portico from the Memnonium in Thebes. Standing proudly are statues representing none other than the revered god Osiris. The Egyptian Court serves as a testament to both ancient history and architectural grandeur. Built by Rameses II as part of an extensive complex, it exudes an air of mystique and awe-inspiring beauty that transports viewers back to a time long gone. Delamotte's expert eye for detail is evident in every element captured within this frame. From intricate carvings adorning each statue to delicate nuances found within the temple's structure itself, his photography truly brings these historical wonders to life. As we gaze upon this exquisite print today, we can't help but feel a sense of wonderment at how Victorian-era technology managed to capture such intricate details with such precision. It serves as a reminder not only of our rich cultural heritage but also of how far we have come technologically since then. Philip Henry Delamotte's photograph stands as a timeless tribute to both his skill as a photographer and to England's enduring fascination with preserving its past for future generations.
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