The Crystal House which Albert Built

Posted on 20th February 2020 by simonbeattie

No catalogue on Anglo-German cultural relations would be complete without at least one mention of Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition.

One of our favourite things in the catalogue is item 191, a very rare and attractive Great Exhibition souvenir. Taking inspiration from the popular nursery rhyme ‘The House that Jack built’, the large cotton handkerchief depicts the planning and execution of the Crystal Palace:

The Crystal House which Albert Built (c.1851).
Detail showing the middle panel on the left-hand side of the handkerchief.

To find out more about the relationship between Britain and Germany in the Victorian era, stay tuned for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which will be available as a PDF soon.

Posted in

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *