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Title Robert Seymour etching, circa 1835: "Locomotion: Walking by Steam, Riding by Steam, Flying by Steam"
Collection Lang Collection
Object Name Print
Caption Etching, "Locomotion" (walking, riding, and flying by steam)
Scope & Content Hand-colored satirical etching entitled "Locomotion", subtitled "Walking by Steam, Riding by Steam, Flying by Steam". Artist: Robert Seymour. Published by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, London. OHTM holds two copies of this print; it is the first of two "Locomotion" prints by the artist. See Object ID 2004G1313.2 for Locomotion Plate #2, "A few small inconveniences - There's nothing perfect".

To the left of the title, "Locomotion", is inscribed:
"Note......In the Ladies Vehicle the steam is made with a strong infusion of Gunpowder Tea." Signature (in plate, lower left): "Shortshanks del. s.p." (pseudonym for Robert Seymour).

This illustration depicts fanciful steam-powered transportation: a steam walking machine that powers an oversized pair of boots; a steam-powered carriage shaped like a teakettle, driven by two women; and a steam ornithopter piloted by a man in military dress who is flirting with the younger of the women. At the top of the colored print are these three titles: "Walking by Steam," "Riding by Steam," and "Flying by Steam." A stone sign reads, "XXVII Miles from Hyde Park". Each part of the machines in the print is labeled with a letter; text to the right of the title reads, "For an explanation of the Machinery see the next Number of the Edinburg Review."

In the background is a crudely sketched man standing near what appears to be a dead horse. Further back, several human figures have been blown into the air above a wooded area by an explosion.

Approximately 9½"x13".
Accession# 2004G1313
Subjects Aviation--Heavier than air.
Steam-powered vehicles--art.
Object ID 2004G1313.1
Creator Seymour, Robert, 1798-1836.
Other Creators McLean, Thomas.
Date ca. 1835
Year Range from 1834
Year Range to 1836
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