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Joseph Nash (1809-78)

The Great Exhibition: The Inauguration, 1 May 1851 dated 1852

Watercolour and bodycolour | 32.0 x 48.0 cm | RCIN 919932

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A watercolour depicting the opening ceremony of the Great Exhibition, which took place on May 1 1851 in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales shown standing on the dais under the baldacchino on the left.