Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte


Philip Henry Delamotte (1821 – 1889)was a British photographer and illustrator, best known for his photographic images of The Crystal Palace in London.

Delamotte was commissioned to record the dis-assembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham in London, a project finished in 1854. His photographic record of the events is one of the best archives of the way the building was constructed and in 1855 he published his two volume work entitled “Photographic Views of the Progress of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham”, containing 160 architectural photographs. They were some of the first books in which photographic prints were published.

He also wrote a book entitled “The practice of photography: a manual for students”.

Philip Delamotte and pioneering British photographer Roger Fenton were among the first artists to use photography as a way of recording important structures and events following the invention of calotype photography. They were both founding members of the Calotype Club.

Close-up of The Crystal Palace.

Close-up of The Crystal Palace.

The fountains at The Crystal Place at Sydenham

The fountains at The Crystal Place at Sydenham

The Crystal Palace at Sydenham.

The Crystal Palace at Sydenham.

View of the interior.

View of the interior.

Crystal Palace, 1851

Crystal Palace, 1851

Progress of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854

Progress of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854


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