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Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Oil on canvas. This painting shows the crowds who gathered along the bank of the Serpentine in Hyde Park to watch the opening of the Great Exhibition. Although the Crystal Palace is only half-visible, its size is impressive. The building was over 1800 feet long (560m) - more than three times the length of St Paul's Cathedral. The choice of Hyde Park was controversial and raised environmental and social concerns. But the predicted rise in crime did not happen, some trees were protected and the building was safely dismantled in 1852.
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