The Great Exhibition – The worlds first ever international exhibition – was held in Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London in 1851. There were thousands of exhibitors and the event was an unabashed celebration of British wealth, power and know how, designed as a showcase for the artistic prowess of a great imperial and industrial nation. Charlotte Bronte described it as “a marvelous stirring, bewildering sight, a mixture of Genii Palace and a mighty bazaar”
It made vast profit and successfully distracted the British people from the political and industrial unrest of the previous decade, yet everyone agreed on its splendour. Certainly in their desire to outdo each other in luxury and ingenuity, manufacturers of furniture, ceramics, textiles and other decorative artefact’s, attained new heights of vulgarity, imitating every conceivable period and style and often combining several in one object, the majority of exhibits were met with crys of outraged good taste!
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