Crystal Palace from the Serpentine

‘Crystal Palace from the Serpentine’ by Nicholas Matthew Condy, 1851. This watercolour and gouache on paper depicts a view across the Serpentine and bridge to the Crystal Palace buildings, in Hyde Park, London. In the foreground two figures can be seen feeding ducks and swans.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace celebrated technologies, arts and cultures from around the world in this huge, purpose built glass house, which was organised by Henry Cole and was the brain child of Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria.

Nicholas Matthew Condy (1816-1851) was a British maritime artist who based himself in Plymouth, Devon.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
watercolour and gouache on paper
Common Name
Crystal Palace from the Serpentine
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
Chrystal (sic) Palace from the Serpentine (Hyde Park); this is only a rough sketch from Kensington gardens thought you’d like a different view
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
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Production County
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
Production Person Initials
Nicholas Matthew
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Crystal Palace from the Serpentine