Natural history and antiquities of Selborne / by Gilbert White ; with notes by Frank Buckland ; a chapter on antiquities by Lord Selborne and new letters ; illustrated by P. H. Delamotte. (1876)
- Natural history
Philip Henry Delamotte (21 April 1821 – 24 February 1889) was a British photographer and illustrator.Delamotte was born at Sandhurst Military Academy, the son of Mary and William Alfred Delamotte. Philip Delamotte became an artist and was famous for his photographic images of The Crystal Palace of 1854. He eventually became Professor of Drawing and Fine Art at King's College London. He died on 24 February 1889 at the home of his son-in-law Henry Charles Bond in Bromley.
The classical fountain playing in the Tropical Basin with the facade of the Nineveh Court behind, also known as the Assyrian Court. The ancient city of Nineveh, in modern Iraq, had been excavated by British archaeologists in the 1840s.
The interior of the vast nave of the Crystal Palace, which was over 100 feet high and about three quarters of a mile long. This hand-coloured view was probably by Delamotte, who took two series of photographs of the Palace at its Sydenham site.
Foliage plants around the fountain basin at the Tropical end, with the front of the Nineveh Court behind. The city of Nineveh, in modern Iraq, had been excavated by British archaeologists in the 1840s.
The Crystal Palace was moved to Sydenham in 1853-4. This hand-coloured image, possibly by Delamotte, predates the fire in 1866. It shows the planting in the Tropical end with the Nineveh Court behind, and the colour scheme designed for the Palace by Owen Jones. The ancient...
Ferns and lilies in the Tropical Fountain Basin at the north end of the Crystal Palace, which had an under floor heating system to protect the plants from British winters.
A view from below the Circular Basin looking towards one of the two water towers that fed the fountains. Paxton's original design for the 284 feet tall brick towers failed and Isambard Kindom Brunel was commissioned to build them. They were demolished in 1941.
The interior of the Greek Court with a copy of the 'Venus de Milo' in the foreground. Other sculptures include the Borghese 'Gladiator', 'Ariadne', and the 'Sea Serpents Attacking Laocoon'.
A view of the Rosarium, a specialist garden for the growing and historical study of roses. A young man is posed by the wrought iron entrance arch, with the Crystal Palace in the background.
The Crystal Fountain in the Norwood Transept, which stood 27 feet high and was made from 4 tons of glass by Oslers of Birmingham.