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Eugène Louis Lami (1800-90)

The opening of the Great Exhibition 1851 dated 1851

RCIN 452380

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The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations opened in the ‘Crystal Palace’ in Hyde Park, London, on 1 May 1851. It was the culmination of nearly two years’ work by Prince Albert and a dedicated committee. Here Queen Victoria is shown on the dais at the opening ceremony; she described the event as ‘one of the greatest and most glorious days of our lives’.