Monsters of Crystal Palace

Iguanodons, c. 2001, photo by Owl Cave


Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins unveiled the first ever sculptures of prehistoric animals in 1854, as part of The Crystal Palace Exhibition . Waterhouses's original sculptures are one of the few surviving relics of the exhibition and remain on display in Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham, South London.

Lithograph of Crystal Palace by G. Baxter

Labyrinthodon, Plesiosaur and Ichthyosaur groups.

Hawkins' Sydenham Studio

All other images from,The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, Steve McCarthy & Mick Gilbert, 1994 ISBN 1897754 035, courtesy of  Luminous Books.