March of Intellect

Image/Print

Description

English

The thirst for knowledge and scientific research in the wake of the Industrial Revolution brought concerns over where all this change would lead. In William Heath’s March of Intellect, a series of prints published between 1825 and 1829, inventions, architecture and modes of transport were satirised with fantastical developments. Songs and cartoons about the March of Intellect mocked the early 19th-century enthusiasm for invention and new technologies. These prints show flying machines, steam-powered vehicles, and even a bridge across the English Channel. Here a huge automaton representing the new London University (later University College, London) tramples over greedy clerics, doctors, lawyers and the crown.

Full title
March of Intellect
Published
estimated 1828
Format
Image / Print
Creator
William Heath
Held by
The British Museum
Copyright: © 
British Museum Standard Terms of Use, Trustees of the British Museum
Shelfmark
2003,0531.29

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