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Crystal Palace Aerial
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Crystal Palace Aerial
Crystal Palace 1901
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Crystal Palace 1901
The FA Cup Final 1899
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The FA Cup Final 1899
Crystal Palace Broad Wk
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Crystal Palace Broad Wk
C. Palace Colour Photo
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C. Palace Colour Photo
Dinosaur / Iguanodon Dine
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Dinosaur / Iguanodon Dine
1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs Featured Image

1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

Lithograph with later hand colouring combining two of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins six wall posters "Waterhouse Hawkins Diagrams of the Extinct Animals" produced for the Department of Science and Art in 1862. It includes nearly all the dinosaurs known up to that date. From left 1 & 2 Iguanodon, 3 Hylaeosaurus, 4&5 Megalosaurus. On cliffs in background are pterosaurs (not dnosaurs). In 1855 Waterhouse Hawkins produced lifesize reconstructions, with the scientific help of Richard Owen, for the gardens of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. When that project was curtailed he continued to use the designs for artwork such as this, also producing scale models of the sculptures for sale. Later he travelled to the USA where he began work on a similar project in New York's Central Park using more complete skeletal remains of dinosaurs recently discovered there. Sadly that project was never completed

© This image is Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com

Leech Cartoon Dinosaurs
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Leech Cartoon Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Models 1930S
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Dinosaur Models 1930S
Sydenham Cedar of Lebanon
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Sydenham Cedar of Lebanon
1862 Megalosaurus reconstruction Featured Image

1862 Megalosaurus reconstruction

1862 Megalosaurus wallchart after Waterhouse Hawkins with Pterosaurs in background. One of six wall charts entitled "Waterhouse Hawkins's Diagrams of the Extinct Animals" for the Department of Science and Art. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins attempted to scientifically reconstruct dinosaurs for the Crystal Palace 1852-55. He was helped by Richard Owen, the man who named the group. At this time there were few remains, so the endeavor was speculative. Megalosaurus was the first dinosaur described by Buckland in 1824. Owen supposed the giant reptile's appearance was between a crocodile and a pachyderm. Though innacurate, Waterhouse Hawkins reconstruction fired the publics imagination. It would be only much later that Megalosaurs would appear as the nimble bipedal predator we know today

© This image is Paul D. Stewart 2009. Do not reproduce without permission of the photographer at Stewartpauld@aol.com

Campbells Home, Sydenham
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Campbells Home, Sydenham
Photo from Anerley Road
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Photo from Anerley Road
Prehistoric Animals Cp
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Prehistoric Animals Cp
Crystal Palace Roof
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Crystal Palace Roof
Crystal Palace Animals
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Crystal Palace Animals
1861 Punch Dinosaurs & Comet cartoon 1861 Punch Dinosaurs & Comet cartoon Featured Image

1861 Punch Dinosaurs & Comet cartoon 1861 Punch Dinosaurs & Comet cartoon

From Punch 41 (1861) page 34, July. "The age of the comet ascertained to a nicety. The antediluvians recognise an old acquantance of A.M. 1372". Prehistoric reptiles (modelled after Waterhouse Hawkins Crystal Palace reconstructions at Sydenham), stare through telescopes at "the Great Comet of 1861". The comet was visible to the naked eye for three months in that year. The comet is now formally designated C/1861 J1 or 1861 II. The cartoon supposes the dinosaurs saw the same periodic comet during their reign on earth. This comet came within 0.1326 AU of the Earth - during which time the earth was within the Comet tail. By day the comet's gas and dust even dimmed the sun. The cartoon gains poignance in light of the comet's near approach and recent theories about the dinosaurs demise. The closest dinosaur is modelled after Hyaeolosaurus, mid distance Teleosaurus, furthest away iguanodon

© PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY


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