1855 Dinosaur nightmare of Crystal Palace

1855 Dinosaur nightmare of Crystal Palace

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Caption: "The effects of a hearty dinner after visiting the Antediluvian Department at the Crystal Palace" from Punch, Volume 28, 1855. The restorations of dinosaurs at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham Park were sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and overseen by Prof. Richard Owen. They were based on the findings of giant prehistoric reptiles across the previous half-century. To the Victorian public this realisation that dragon-like monsters were once quite real seemed like a validation of an imagined past of nightmare. Here an iguanodon, complete with its mistaken nose-horn, tugs at the sleeper's bedclothes.

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