After the Great Exhibition in 1851, the famous Crystal Palace was dismantled, then moved to Sydenham. The glasshouse was expanded and set within a beautiful 200 acre, fountain-filled pleasure park. It re-opened in 1854. The Crystal Palace Company published a series of guides – official handbooks – describing the park’s themed courts, special features, and art and sculpture galleries. These helped visitors interpret key features. They also provided background information. The effect was to add an air of authenticity to the visitor’s experience. Our “Crystal Palace Guides” offers facsimiles of the original handbooks.

The Italian Court (Crystal Palace Guide 7)

Catalogue for one of the great courts in the 1854 Crystal Palace at Sydenham. Detailed description of the exhibition’s sculpture, facades, and paintings. Wyatt and Waring give a synoptic history of the Italian Renaissance and More…

The Alhambra Court (Crystal Palace Guide 3)

The Alhambra and Romanesque Court was fantastically popular with visitors to the Crystal Palace. Author Owen Jones is the author. Special features/contents Included as appendices in the 1854 guide: Pasqual De Gayangos. An Historical Notice More…

The Portrait Gallery (Crystal Palace Guide 2)

This guide to the Portrait Gallery in Crystal Palace lists names of those chosen for display, plus biographical information. In effect, this offers a directory of those held in high esteem by mid-Victorian society. It’s More…