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March of Intellect

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Mclean, T.; Heath, William
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1828
Materials: ink; paper; color wash
Measurements: 11 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in
Nomenclature: cartoons
Classification: whales

Hand-colored print satirizing the Industrial Revolution by means of imaginary inventions, such as a steam-powered horse, a "Royal Patent Boot-cleaning Engine", a vacuum tube transporting passengers to Bengal, a suspension bridge from Bengal to Cape Town, a bat-shaped airship full of convicts bearing a placard "For New South Wales", a ship drawn by spouting whales, and a castle on a cloud labeled "Scheme for the payment of the National DEBT". Inscription at top: "Lord how the World improves as we grow older." Title and production information in lower margin.