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Another very productive week. The official George Scharf guidebook to the Court has now been digitised and is now undergoing final formatting so it can be lodged on the website. A good beginning has been made, too, on gathering relevant extracts from the unofficial guidebooks that were hastily produced by London publishers (particularly Routledge) in 1854.

Bromley Library hold a fantastic photo archive of the Palace including a long series of photographs taken by A. Talbot, the official Crystal Palace Company photographer. Among them is a great sequence of the Pompeian Court both post and during its post-WW1 restoration. He also photographed the palace in smouldering ruins – an aerial shot of the twisted remains of the nave shows the Pompeian Court, which was mostly constructed of brick, standing amidst the complete ruin of that end of the nave (the other end with the Fine Arts Courts were much better preserved). Even as a ruin it still looks authentic – as a Pompeian house post Vesuvian eruption.

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