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A futuristic vision: technology is over-sophisticated, and the masses devote themselves to intellectual pursuits, while the basic needs of society are neglected. Coloured etching by W. Heath, 1828, after F.A.

A., F., active 1828.
Date
Jany. 23 1828

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Signs of technology gone mad: a shop window of enormous size displaying grotesquely oversized hats; a shop so tall that the customers have to be winched up seated on an escalator; a bridge over the Channel and a tunnel beneath it, the latter collapsing; aerial bombardment from a battleship held up by balloons; an airship colliding with the moon; gas street lighting substituted for the sun; the street is full of mud because the street sweeper walks on stilts and does not need it to be cleared; transport in steam-powered cars Signs of society collapsing because the masses are devoted to high culture: an apple-seller reads Byron's poems while a boy steals her apples; a butcher and a dustman play chess while a dog runs off with the butcher's meat; a trio of street musicians play concert music instead of popular music; a ballad-singer imitates opera stars; footmen ape their masters but smoke in the streets

Publication/Creation

London (St. James's Street) : G. Humphrey, Jany. 23 1828.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; image 21.3 x 32.6 cm

Lettering

The march of intellect. F.A. Esq. inv. [Paul Pry] del. & sculp.

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. XI, London 1954, no. 15604

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 36373i

Creator/production credits

By William Heath using the pseudonym Paul Pry, represented by a vignette of Paul Pry. The designer, "F.A. Esq.", is not identified in the British Museum catalogue (loc. cit.)

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