Baxter's Gems of the Great Exhibition . The Russian
Department forms the background to the statuary. On the
left is the magnificent candelabra exhibited by Russian
artisans. The malachite doors shown occupied as many workmen
as could be employed at their construction for the whole
year, day and night. The immense vases of the same material
were formed out of little pieces a few inches square, cemented
together; there are also some jasper vases.
The statues are the celebrated "Greek Slave,"
by the well-known American sculptor, Hiram Powers, in the
centre; on the left is "Rinaldi and Armida"; and
on the right is the work of Mary Thorneycroft, called "Alfred
the Great receiving from his mother the book of Saxon poetry."