M985.230.5026.1 | The Prince of Wales at Montreal, the Crystal Palace, opened by his Royal Highness on August 25

 
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The Prince of Wales at Montreal, the Crystal Palace, opened by his Royal Highness on August 25
1860, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photolithography
40.8 x 28.6 cm
Gift of Colin McMichael
M985.230.5026.1
© McCord Museum
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Upon hearing of the impending visit of the Prince of Wales, the Board of Arts and Manufacture, created in 1857, undertook the construction of the Crystal Palace, developed a preliminary programme, selected the site, sought funding and engaged the architect for a permanent building . It was intended to display agricultural and industrial products from British North America during the inaugural exhibition, and in future to house occasional exhibitions and eventually become a permanent museum. The building would also serve as the headquarters of the Board in Canada East, would house a model room and contain a School of Design.

The Board was strongly influenced in its choice of a design by Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.