C1888

Opening of the Melbourne Exhibition: The Governor of Victoria, Sir H. B. Loch, Declaring the Exhibition Open in the Queen’s Name.

View of the opening ceremony of the Centennial exhibition at the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, Melbourne. The Melbourne Exhibition opened on August 1, 1888 to January 31, 1889. The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the few remaining International Exhibitions buildings … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Opening of the Melbourne Exhibition: The Governor of Victoria, Sir H. B. Loch, Declaring the Exhibition Open in the Queen’s Name.

Date:

C1888

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 300mm

Paper Size: 

514mm 
x 375mm
AUTHENTICITY
Opening of the  Melbourne Exhibition: The Governor of Victoria, Sir H. B. Loch, Declaring the Exhibition Open in the Queen's Name. - Antique View from 1888

Genuine antique
dated:

1888

Description:

View of the opening ceremony of the Centennial exhibition at the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, Melbourne. The Melbourne Exhibition opened on August 1, 1888 to January 31, 1889.

The Royal Exhibition Building is one of the few remaining International Exhibitions buildings left in the world.

Architect: Joseph Reed
Builder:  David Mitchell
Foundation stone:  19 February 1879, laid by Governor George Bowen
Completed: October 1, 1880 Electric lighting installed:  1888

Major events held at the Royal Exhibition Building:

1880 – Melbourne International Exhibition – 1 October 1880 until 30 April 1881
1888 – Melbourne Centennial Exhibition in 1888 – 1st August 1888 until 31 January 1889
1901 – Opening of the first Parliament of Australia – 9 May 1901
1901 – New Australian flag design – 3 September 1901, the Countess of Hopetoun, announced the winners of a competition to design the Australian National Flag
1902 – Australian Federal International Exhibition

From the original edition of the The Illustrated London News.

Melton Prior (1845 - 1910)

Prior was an English artist and war correspondent for The Illustrated London News from the early 1870s until 1904. He was one of the leading illustrators of late Victorian Britain, noted for his ability to quickly sketch scenes. His pencil sketches were sent back to London where they were re-drawn by studio artists and engraved on wood-blocks for printing in the Saturday issues of the Illustrated London News. In addition to covering conflicts around the world, he also traveled on a number of Royal tours including accompanying the Prince of Wales to Canada in 1901. On December 15, 1887, the Illustrated London News launched its “Across Two Oceans” public relations/human interest series with an announcement that Melton Prior had departed from the port of Southampton aboard the steamship Moselle (205). Prior was one of the paper’s “special artists,” a term reserved for artists sent on high stakes public relations assignments—often deployed with the British military on major international campaigns. The first leg of the journey included visits to some of the major British colonies in the West Indies—Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad—as well as British Guiana and Panama.

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