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The Great Exhibition Quadrilles.

Sheet Music]. Wilson, W

Published by London. Duncombe & Moon. N.D. [ca. ], 1851
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4 pp. Fo. A series of quadrilles for piano solo to celebrate the Great Exhibition of 1851Ð52 in Hyde Park, London. A grand lithograph depicts the Crystal Palace and a large fashionable crowd in the Park to view the exhibition. The Great Exhibition was the first theme park and came out of a suggestion by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, as a celebration of Britain's industrial, scientific and technical success. Other nations, including America, provided exhibits. The central exhibit hall, the Crystal Palace, so named by Punch magazine on November 2, 1850, was an architectural triumph, designed by the great architect Sir Joseph Paxton. The Hall, 1848 ft. long and 408 ft. wide, was built of plates of glass (nearly 300.000) and iron. The fountains had, overall, 11,000 jets. Enormously popular, the Great Exhibition attracted a largely upper class crowd, including Charles Dickens, and evoked many comments and writings, including those of Dickens and Charles Babbage, and satirical commentary, including those of Brother Jonathan (the American magazine) and of Henry Mayhew and George Cruikshank. After the exhibition's close, the Crystal Palace was moved to a park outside of London, eventually deteriorating from fire and neglect. Edges slightly trimmed. Few pencil annotations. Else, Very Good. Dramatically illustrated and printed cover with lithograph of the Crystal Palace in black and white by T. H. Jones . Bookseller Inventory # 10145

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Title: The Great Exhibition Quadrilles.

Publisher: London. Duncombe & Moon. N.D. [ca. ]

Publication Date: 1851

Edition: First Edition.

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