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The Great Exhibition of 1851: the British Nave dated 1851 by Joseph Nash

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Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

'Model house for families' 1851

RCIN 2800029

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Another of the exhibits were the Model Houses for Families which stood outside the Crystal Palace in the Kensington Barracks yard. As president of the Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes, Prince Albert commanded that the Model Houses be built to display a way in which the housing conditions faced by the working classes could be improved.

This photograph, taken by Claude-Marie Ferrier shows an exterior view of a two storey brick house with the balcony inscribed `Model Houses for Families. Erected by HRH Prince Albert' with two men standing at the house entrance.