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- Object: The March of Intellect
Satire against corruption: a huge automaton representing the new London University (later University College, London) tramples over greedy clerics, doctors, lawyers and the crown. c.1828
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one of a large number of satires on the theme of the March of Intellect or the March of the Mind (see eg BMSat 15604 of 1828). These phrases can stand - as here - for the Rationalist view of Progress, but in other contexts are used contemptuously to imply that education for the masses will lead them to neglect their proper duties.
London University was founded in 1826 to serve a student population that included Roman Catholics, Jews, and other non-Anglicans who had previously been denied university education.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 30 Jun-30 Sept, Warwick, Compton Verney, The Marvellous Mechanical Museum,
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