Crystal Palace


Joseph Paxton, 1803–65

London, UK; 1851

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who married Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom, was not allowed to rule as king, but he did much behind the scenes to help Victoria and further the causes in which he believed. He took charge of a royal commission to oversee the decoration of the new Palace of Westminster (pages 256–57), where he was instrumental in choosing artists and deciding what themes from British history they would depict in their work. And he took an interest in the work of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, founded in 1774 and granted a ...

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