Wyatt, Matthew Digby (1820-77; British)
Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century (2 vols., London, 1853)
Acquired by 1861
State Library of Victoria [AEF 709 W97]

This lavish publication showcased “the choicest specimens produced by every nation at the Great Exhibition of Works of Industry, 1851.” The large-scale colour lithographs (over 150 in all) were produced by several artists including Francis Bedford (as lithographer).

Another copy is held in the NGV (donated in 2012), one of some 1300 copies printed; others are held in the V&A and elsewhere.

See also linked entry on Wyatt, who was closely involved with the construction and exhibition design of the Crystal Palace both for the Great Exhibition and then in the building’s reincarnation at Sydenham (1854ff.).

[Photo: Ivory throne and footstool, presented to Her Majesty the Queen, by His Highness the Rajah of Travencore (illustration by Delamotte and Bedford) {from Royal Collection copy}]


MPL 1861, p.567

For details, see both the SLV catalogue and, for the NGV copy, a gift of Dr Robert Wilson, 2012, https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/107171/ (neither copy is reproduced)

For selected illustrations from a copy in the Royal Collection, formerly owned by Queen Victoria (RCIN 817104), see https://www.rct.uk/collection/817104/industrial-arts-of-the-nineteenth-century (including the illustration reproduced here)