A sketch made by Eyre Crowe in 1855, showing the delivery of sculptures to the Exposition Universelle in Paris, was purchased by the V&A in London in 2012. An image of the sketch, together with information about it, has been made available on the V&A website. The sketch is remarkably similar to another: Crowe’s Delivery Entrance of Palais des Beaux Arts at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, which is now owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The two sketches are the same size, and are on the same subject (the setting up of the artistic parts of the exhibition), and most likely were made within days of each other, in the same sketchbook – now broken up and the individual sketches sold off separately.
A digital image of Eyre Crowe’s 1855 sketch Delivery Entrance of Palais des Beaux Arts at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been made available on the Museum’s website. The sketch shows a busy scene as porters bring in works of art to be displayed at the Paris exhibition.