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

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Eugene-Louis Lami (1800-90)

The opening of the Great Exhibition 1851 dated 1851

RCIN 452380

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The Great Exhibition was opened on 1 May 1851. This watercolour by Eugene-Louis Lami depicts 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.