The last load of materials, the debris of the London Crystal Palace, were removed to their new site at Sydenham, on the first of this month. From all accounts the new Crystal Palace will exceed its predessor in its decorations and general arrangements. No expense appears to be' spared in rendering it a model edifice—one of the grahd sights of the world. M. Bonomi is occupied in arranging the specimens of Egyptian architecture, among which is a model of the rock-hewn temple of Abu-simbel, sphinxes, obelisks, and those strange paintings which abound in the tombs of ancient Thebes. The intention is to illustrate, by this means, the different epochs of Egyptian history. Models of the celebrated Ghi-bardi gates, and the principal figures from the Medici chapel at Florence, which latter are deemed the master-pieces of Michael Angelo, have been obtained by Messrs. Jones and Wy-att, who are travelling on the continent of Europe for the purpose of securing the chefd'-miures of art for the People's Palace. There is a similar activity and spirit exhibited about the grounds as in the erection of the building itself. Sir Joseph Paxton has ordered 50,000 scarlet geraniums to be supplied next spring, and the celebrated collection of palms, belonging to the Messrs. Loddiges, of Hackney, have been purchased by the Company. The steam engines have been ordered to work the water that is to adorn the palace and grounds, and already erect columns mark nearly the entire length of the building. The proprietors of the obelisks and blocks of marble and stone which stood outside the great Exhibition Building, have presented them to the Crystal Palace Company.
This article was originally published with the title "The New Crystal Palace at Sydenham, near London"