'The March of Intellect: mechanical', 19th century.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'The March of Intellect: mechanical', 19th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Coloured etching comprising of six vignettes suggesting humourous uses for steam power. Clockwise from top left the images depict 'war by steam', a man being carried up into the air, 'phrenological cases to form the intellect', 'amputation by steam' and a 'quick pasage to the Antipodes' which is a shaft through the centre of the world to the other side. The central vignette is titled 'beauty makers from Paris' and illustrates a steam-powered machine for stretching people into more desirable shapes.

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