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Sydenham Park, London: the fountain of Neptune with the monument to Sir Joseph Paxton behind

RIBA Ref No RIBA44784
Architect/DesignerPaxton, Sir Joseph (1803-1865)
Artist/PhotographerGalwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1854
Image Date1961
StyleClassical Revival
Library ReferenceAP489/126
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditArchitectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
SubjectFountains ; Statues ; Parks
NOTES: Joseph Paxton designed Sydenham Park as the garden setting for his Crystal Palace, which was erected in Hyde Park in 1851 for the Great Exhibition and rebuilt in a greatly enlarged and amended form at Sydenham in 1852-1854. Since this giant glasshouse stood at the summit of a very steep hill, Paxton chose a formal, terraced design, inspired by the Italian villa gardens he had seen whilst on the Grand Tour with the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1838-1839.

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