Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London: south transept and water tower

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RIBApix ref no RIBA2682-16
Architect/DesignerPaxton, Sir Joseph (1803-1865)
Artist/PhotographerKing, Horatio Nelson (1830-1905)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1854
Image Date1867
ViewExterior
StyleVictorian
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceA211/63
OrientationLandscape
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Joseph Paxton designed Sydenham Park as the garden setting for his Crystal Palace, which was erected in Hyde Park in 1851 for the Great Exhibition and rebuilt in a greatly enlarged and amended form at Sydenham in 1852-1854. Since this giant glasshouse stood at the summit of a very steep hill, Paxton chose a formal, terraced design, inspired by the Italian villa gardens he had seen whilst on the Grand Tour with the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1838-1839.

Subject tags

glass, exhibition buildings, fountains, iron, water towers, Feature: High Tech Precursors of High Tech