The Palace of Glass; London in 1851
Ackermann & Co.
In leporello format.
The etchings are much livelier than those in Cruikshank’s, The Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Sandboys and Family Who Came up to London to Enjoy Themselves and to See the Great Exhibition, published by David Bogue the same year. As can be seen from this image, Phillips played on Londoners’ distaste of the hordes of foreigners arriving for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Percy Cruikshank was Robert Cruikshank’s son, who often tried to ride coattails on his uncle’s fame. Watts Phillips, an illustrator, novelist and playwright, studied etching with George Cruikshank and remained a friend of his for the rest of his life.
Source: The Palace of Glass; London in 1851. Designed by Watts Phillips and Percy Cruikshank. Drawn and Etched by Watts Phillips.
From the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin.