'Lunar Speculations', 1803.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Lunar Speculations', 1803.

Fores, S W

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Colour print, a caricature showing the Napoleon Bonaparte viewing the Moon with a telescope while a portly gentleman (John Bull?) looks on with a smile. Titled 'Lunar Speculations', the etching was produced by S W Fores in 1803. On the cartoon Napoleon is quoted as saying, "it (Moon) would be easier to conquer, posibly with the aid of balloons". This is posibly a reference to Napoleon's ambitions to invade England, as there was a general fear of invasion at this time.



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