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Author Name:    HOBHOUSE, Hermione

Title:   Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibiiton : Art, Science and Productive Industry : A History of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Athlone Press, London and New York, 2002, ISBN:0485115751 

Seller ID:   115982

HOBHOUSE, Hermione. The Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibiiton : Art, Science and Productive Industry : A History of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. London and New York : The Athlone Press, (2002). First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-xx,[1]-451,(1) + 48 pages of b&w illustrations + 8 pages of colour plates. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Mary Hermione Hobhouse, MBE (b. February 2, 1934 d. October 17, 2014) was an English architectural historian. "The Crystal Palace, in which the Great Exhibition of All Nations was held, has become a national icon. It housed the first of the great international exhibitions, occasions aptly described a French commentator as 'the tournaments of our times'. The honours were as hotly, if more pacifically, contested, and attracted exhibitors not only from the British Isles, but also from all over Europe, from the United States and South America, and even from India. A Royal Commission, a uniquely British device, was created to run the Exhibition, under the Presidency of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. Such was the success of the Exhibition that when its doors closed and the Crystal Palace was banished from fashionable Hyde Park to suburban Sydenham, the Commission found a new role for itself in founding a museum quarter to educate and train recruits for British industry.The Exhibition itself is only one part of the story of the Royal Commissio n which, of course, continues in existence today. The history of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 is, in its own way, an epic story. Though created to meet the needs of a special occasion, its members turned a single initiative into a long-term programme for British industry and education. The Commissioners bought and developed South Kensington, its collegesand museums, with the object of applying art and science to the needs of p roductive industry. Once the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum were well under way, the Commission turned its attention to providing scholarships for aspiring scientists and artists through a series of awards which continues to this day. This book records the work of the Commissioners over 150 years in promoting industry throughout the British Isles and later throughout the Empire and Commonwealth, working for both education and industry. A series of little-known but interesting, exhibitions kept the notion of foreign competition before industrialists, and splendid buildings arose in South Kensington. These were designed to house the national collections of applied art in the Victoria and Albert Museum, acknowledged as one of the leading museums of design in the world, and the industrial exemplars of the Science Museum, whose collections inspired its great rival, DeutchesMuseum in Munich." - (from the dj). Contents : Foreword by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh. Introduction. 1. The Founding of the Royal Commission. 2. Th e Great Exhibition of 1851. 3. The Grand Design, 1852-1857. 4. The Creationof a 'Quartier Latin', 1857-1869. 5. "The Late Lamented Prince", 1869-1878 . 6. "For Science, There is No Adequate Provision", The Battle for Scientific Education in South Kensington, 1878-1896. 7. Changes at South Kensington, 1896-1910. 8. New Initiatives in Education, 1910-1921. 9. Serving the British Empire, 1921-1947. 10. Post-War Reorganization and Reassessment, 1947-1970. 11. Technology, to the Fore, 1970-2000. Appendix I. Commissioners forthe Exhibition of 1851. Appendix II. Chairmen of the Committees of the Roy al Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Appendix III. Secretaries to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Notes, Bibliography and ndex. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00


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