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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The opening of the Great Exhibition 1851


Creator: Eugène Louis Lami (1800-90) (artist)
Creation Date: 
dated 1851
Materials and techniques: 
62.8 x 49.6 cm
RL 13029
DM 3149
HMD 1202/8
Acquirer: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)
Commissioned by Queen Victoria

A watercolour depicting the royal party on the dais under the baldacchino, at the crossing of the Crystal Palace, with Prince Albert standing at the head of the Commissioners, reading their report to the Queen. The verso is inscribed with the title, date and artist.

The opening of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations took place on 1 May 1851.On a raised dais in the central crossing of the Crystal Palace, built in Hyde Park and enclosing several of the park’s mature trees, the Queen received the report of the Commissioners, led by Prince Albert. The Queen described the day as ‘one of the greatest and most glorious days of our lives’.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010

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Hanging Drawings / Watercolours