Her Majesty The Queen Opening the Great Exhibition of All Nations, 1851.
London, Published May 1. 1856, by Thomas Boys, Printseller to the Royal Family, 467, Oxford Street._Paris, E. Gambart & Co. 15 Rue Charlot. New York, Williams, Stevens & Co., 353 Broadway, Deposť.
Scarce mixed method engraving. Fine impression. Sheet size: 740 x 990mm (29 x 39"). Trimmed inside plate at lower edge of sheet. Repaired tear top right.
A scene depicting the opening of the Great Exhibition, May 1st 1851. The Archbishop of Canterbury blessing the Exhibition, with commissioners, ministers and dignitaries surrounding the Royal Family. More than 25,000 people attended on the opening day. The artist included Sir Henry Cole, later the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in the group on the left. Henry Courtenay Selous (1803-1890) was a London-based painter of genre, landscape, historical and literary subjects, who also worked as a panorama painter. He was the son of the painter George Selous and pupil of John Martin.
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