A French painting, circa 1805, of a potential invasion of England. France is on the left, England on the right.
A few things to note: the troop-carrying balloons, the manned war-kites acting as aerial defense, and, of course, the Channel Tunnel, dug by the French and giving infantry, cavalry, and artillery access to England.
In all, a rare case of early 19th century painted science fiction.
OT: I saw this and thought of you... probably you've already seen it, and I'm late for the anniversary of Lovecraft's death, but ehre it is regardless: an online gallery of pulp covers featuring cephalopods:
via http://www.lapetiteclaudine.com/ - at the bottom of which is the less famous but more creepy Japanese-woman-with-octopus pic
On March 19th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
That's great Jess,
I first saw an early nineteenth century picture of Napoleon's aerial invasion of England while I was teaching english as a second language in rural Poland around thirteen years ago and the image has stuck with me, often occuring in my dreams, I wish I had taken a copy of the elementary school history magazine in which it appeared but I didnt get a chance, strangely it was a bit different from the picture you show. Really makes me want to find the artist.
Awesome, but wouln't the plan go downhill as soon as someone tried firing flaming arrows at them?
Or -- well, I guess with the troops in the foreground, the baloons might be serving their purpose in providing a distraction and getting everyone to look up.
I'm overthinking this. My point being: Kickass image.