Print: Baxter - CL 189 – The Crystal Palace was actually the name of the building, the name presumably taken from the name of building used for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. The actual exhibition was called ‘Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations’ and opened on May 2 1853.
The print was used as the frontispiece to the rare book ‘Illustrated description of the Crystal Palace by George Carstensen and Charles Gildemeister, architects of the building when it was actually cut slightly shorter to fit in the book. Also issued by Baxter separately. The fact that it was trimmed for the book means to me it wasn’t produced initially as the frontispiece.
Baxter had a stall at the exhibition managed by his American agent David Davidson.
Signed on the right-hand corner, "Published Septr. 1st, 1853, by George Baxter, Proprietor & Patentee, London" On the steel plate under the print is the title.
A sandwich man is seen in the foreground, and the board he carries is inscribed "Baxter's Gems of the Exhibition now exhibiting in the Crystal Palace."
Size (cm ht x w): 14.6 x 32.5 plus margins
State: Unmounted with margins and title under
Condition: Very good colours, minor indentation to sky just to the left of the central lower flag
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