Six hundred guests were
invited to the Opening of the Exhibition in December 1876.
The British Journal of
Photography reported in February 1877, shortly after the exhibition closed:
" ... the commercial
success of the Exhibition ... would have been much greater had the
Committee of Management not been compelled to close so soon in order to
permit preparations to be made for the annual exhibition of the Royal
From the very beginning
the Exhibition continued day by day to increase in public favour; and on
the last day but one there was a throng of private carriages in waiting,
and an amount of over seventy pounds was taken at the entrance.
That sum would at least
represent fifteen hundred visitors, in addition to the large number of
season and complimentary tickets."
[BJP: 9 Feb 1877; p.63]