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Perfidious Albion, Napoleon's Coming For You!

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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.
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On March 19th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC), richardthinks commented:
fantastic! Got any more of these? What's the source?

If you could dig up a Dutch one from the 18th century that would be even better... ;)
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On March 19th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
I wish I could find more like this.

As for the source...no good magician reveals his tricks. :-)
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On March 19th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC), richardthinks replied:
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:
http://www.cyrune.com/pulp.html

via http://www.lapetiteclaudine.com/ - at the bottom of which is the less famous but more creepy Japanese-woman-with-octopus pic

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On March 19th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Neat! I hadn't seen either--thanks!
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On March 19th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC), mrbucktown commented:
Very cool, and also interesting in that all of these came true, at least in some form or fashion: the Chunnel, paratroops, and zeppelins.
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On March 19th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC), nekokaiju commented:
Manned war-kites

What a great image.
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On March 19th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
I think so.
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On March 19th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC), ysidro commented:
That's awesome!
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On March 19th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Thanks!
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On March 19th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC), richardthinks commented:
wait... is that a chariot down there in the tunnel? I know it must be a gun carriage, really, but it doesn't look like one.
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On March 19th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Nah, it's a gun carriage--it's someone sitting on top of the gun. (The reproduction of the painting I have isn't very clear itself).
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.

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On March 19th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Oh, I hate that feeling--you see something, years ago, and it sticks with you, and as time goes by you know you'll never see it again. Painful.
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On March 20th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC), parke_matru commented:
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.
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On March 20th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC), ratmmjess replied:
Yeah, I wish there were more like it.
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