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Queen Victoria opening the Great Exhibition in 1851
An interior view of the opening ceremony of the Great Exhibition on 1 May 1851 by Ackerman, showing Queen Victoria and other dignitaries. 25,000 people filled the building, a testament to the enthusiasm and admiration which greeted the project. Joseph Paxton designed The Crystal Palace creating a giant 'greenhouse' built of iron, glass and wood thus incorporating the parks 'precious trees'. Unfortunately this included the sparrows that fouled the precious exhibits until the Duke of Wellington recommended introducing sparrow hawks, solving the problem.
Location of original: Print drawers Great Exhibition
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