The Great Exhibition Of 1851 By Louis Haghe, Joseph Nash And David Roberts

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Compiled in 1854 by Louis Haghe, Joseph Nash and David Roberts, Dickinson 's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851 reveals large amounts of information regarding exhibitionary cultures in the nineteenth century. The catalogue was produced for Prince Albert, who was the patron of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. This source suggests the Great Exhibition followed a similar trend how museums mainly operated in the nineteenth century. Most images in the catalogue represent the Victorian notion of progress, making visitors react a certain way to exhibits and also influencing behaviour generally throughout the museum to the same way that Foucault shows with the concept of the Panopticon. Using the images of Moving Machinery, General View of the Exterior of the Building and The Transept in the Comprehensive Pictures catalogue, this essay will analyse each of these images to show their revelation of exhibitionary cultures, which means to critically understand attitudes to the way which museums operate exhibitions. It will also examine how historians responded to the historiographical debate surrounding the Great Exhibition, and argues that the Great Exhibition was generally successful and that it had a mainstream exhibitionary culture compared with other museums in the nineteenth century.

The glorification of the country 's engineering achievements is depicted in the Moving Machinery image. The huge structures of the…

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