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In addition to illustrating Henry Mayhew's serialized novel, "1851, or the Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Sandboys and Family, who came up to London to Enjoy Themselves and to See the Great Exhibition," Cruikshank made this etching of the international exhibition at the Crystal Palace. With approximately 25,000 in attendance on May 1, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert officially opened the exhibition of industrial, scientific, and aesthetic products and enterprises. Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 2542; Douglas 1433; Cohn 1814 Inscription: Recto, in plate at base of crystal fountain at l.r., "Drawn & Etched by / George Cruikshank;" in plate below design, "Taken on the spot by GEORGE CRUIKSHANK" at l.l.; "Published by David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, London, June 29th 1851" at l.r.; title and "The View is taken from the South West Gallery, at the time when the Archbishop is offering up a Prayer for the Divine blessing upon the objects of this Great Exhibition" at lower edge; Verso, Vogler's stamp in black ink at l.l.