Artist: James Duffield Harding (English, 1797-1863)
size：73.7 x 50.8 cm，Purchase from LoPin樂拼網
fountain to ponds之水流
Novetly characterized the Victorian period, an era known for inventions, remarkable technological advances, and engineering marvels. The speed of changes was phenomenal epitomized by the arrival of the steam train. Suddenly able to travel great distances at speeds hitherto unimaginable, most could afford the relatively cheap fares to experience new destinations. This freedom had tremendous impact on building design, as patrons and architects traveled extensively, their ideas inspired and revolutionized by the many forms of regional, national, and international architecture.
In 1851 Victoria's prince consort, Albert, organized the Great Exhibition at Hyde Pak, London, an international trade show that became a symbol of the Victorian Age. House in the architectual marvel of the Crystal Palace, a splendid glass and iron building designed by Sir Joseph Paxton (English, 1803-1865) and open for just five months, the exhibition drew over six million vistors thanks to the railways. They came to see not jsut the fabulous displays but also the building itself, which was completely prefabricated, a departure from most construction of the day. Paxton, best know for his conservatoy designs, had created a greenhouse on an unprecedented scale. After the exhibition, the Crystal Palace was re-erected at Sydenham and displayed a mixture of ancient and exotic art, along with botanical specimans from around the world. It survived at that site until by fire in 1936.
James Duffield Harding, whose Crystal Palace paintings is reproduced here, was a highly respected landscape painter and lithographer who also wrote a series of popular teaching books on drawing and painting.
The art work is watercolor, body color, and graphite on paper, 87.5 x 194.2 cm.
RIBA British Architetural Library Drawings Collection
這幅畫的場景是真實存在的，在英國維多利亞女王時期，她的夫婿Albert於1851年5-10月倫敦的海德公園中舉辦了一場展覽。水晶宮殿則是會場內一個很醒目的地標，該展覽透過鐵路的運輸吸引了超過六百萬的造訪者。會場內兩柱最高的水柱(water jets/massive water towers)可達76公尺，相當25層樓，是由Isambard Kingdom Brunel設計的，同時可供應多處規模較小的噴水池的水量。展覽場內還有象徵著埃及文物的人面獅身像(真特別)。展覽期結束後，水晶宮被移到Sydenham這個城市，在當地結合了古老及異國藝術還有來自各國的植物，並續存到1936年被火焚止。
~> 原來是真的史料遺蹟!!! 之前還以為只是單純的一幅畫呢!!!
The Crystal Palace at Penge (1854)
originally from Tallis' History and Criticism of the Crystal Palace. 1852
1910年的身影~ The Crystal Palace as seen from Anerley around 1910
1936年12月1日的火災燒掉整個建築物..... building on fire
Image Archive 含當時僅存的六張彩色照片，請參詳<http://www.crystalpalacemuseum.org.uk/imagearchive.html>
V&A Museum (這博物館白菜參觀過，真的是充滿奢華及藝術的展示)
urban75 (2007) - http://www.urban75.org/london/crystal-palace-autumn.html
urban75 (2007) - http://www.urban75.org/london/crystal-palace-photos.html
Sally-Ann Johnson (2009) - Crystal Palace Museum – remembering the 1936 fire
Crystal Palace High Level Station Subway
Disused Stations - (station name) Crystal Palace High Level & Upper Norwood
English Heritage 照片集