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The March of Intellect

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2003,0531.29

  • Title (object)

    • The March of Intellect
  • Description

    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 Hand-coloured etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1828-1830
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 249 millimetres
    • Width: 350 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, five lines of explanation of the scene below, signed in the design 'Shortshanks fecit'.
  • 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2003,0531.29

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 Hand-coloured etching

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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 Hand-coloured etching

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