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Louis Haghe (1806-85)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lunching with the Emperor and Empress of the French at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham dated 1855

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 29.7 x 48.4 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920231

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On the fifth day of the visit, Victoria and Albert took the emperor and empress to the Crystal Palace at Sydenham to the south-east of London. This innovative structure, which Albert called ʻa real work of artʼ, was first erected in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and then dismantled and rebuilt at Sydenham as a centre for leisure and entertainment. Victoria recorded that their guests were ʻdelighted & much surprised at itʼ.