March of Intellect

Description

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.

Full title:
March of Intellect
Published:
estimated 1828
Format:
Image / Print
Creator:
William Heath
Copyright:
© Trustees of the British Museum
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Held by
The British Museum
Shelfmark:
2002,0519.1

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