The Crystal Palace at Hyde Park, London, 1843, John Jabez Edwin Mayall, daguerreotype. J. Paul Getty Museum

The Crystal Palace at Hyde Park, London, 1843, John Jabez Edwin Mayall, daguerreotype. J. Paul Getty Museum

Victorian ladies inside the Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace is a metal and glass structure located in the Jardines del Retiro in Madrid (Spain). It was built in 1887 for the Exposition of the Philippines, held that year. It was inspired by the Crystal Palace, Paxton (U.K.).

Victorian ladies inside the Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace is a metal and glass structure located in the Jardines del Retiro in Madrid (Spain). It was built in 1887 for the Exposition of the Philippines, held that year. It was inspired by the Crystal Palace, Paxton (U.K.).

Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910

Official engagement photograph of Nicholas II and Alexandra, Queen Victoria's favorite grand daughter by Sergei Lvovich Levitsky, April 1894

Official engagement photograph of Nicholas II and Alexandra, Queen Victoria's favorite grand daughter by Sergei Lvovich Levitsky, April 1894

King George V, Queen Elizabeth II Grandfather, (right) with his first cousin Tsar Nicholas II, Berlin, 1913. Note the close physical resemblance between the two monarchs

King George V, Queen Elizabeth II Grandfather, (right) with his first cousin Tsar Nicholas II, Berlin, 1913. Note the close physical resemblance between the two monarchs

The Countess di Castiglione caused a scandal by appearing at a 1857 costume ball at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as The Queen of Hearts, a thinly veiled allusion to the fact the she was currently the mistress of the emperor, Napoleon III. She was photographed in the costume by Pierre-Louis Pierson several years later, between 1861 and 1863, apparently wishing to preserve the scandal for posterity.

The Countess di Castiglione caused a scandal by appearing at a 1857 costume ball at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as The Queen of Hearts, a thinly veiled allusion to the fact the she was currently the mistress of the emperor, Napoleon III. She was photographed in the costume by Pierre-Louis Pierson several years later, between 1861 and 1863, apparently wishing to preserve the scandal for posterity.

The History and Description of the Crystal Palace, for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London

The History and Description of the Crystal Palace, for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London

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