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"Unleashing the Extraterrestrial Imagination: Exploring the Idea through Artwork" Embark on a whimsical journey through the realm of ideas

Background imageIdea Collection: A Decided Catch by William Heath Robinson

A Decided Catch by William Heath Robinson
The Whitebait cycle, an ingenious contraption necessitated by the exorbitant charges for hire of boats at the seaside this season

Background imageIdea Collection: Da Vincis crossbow

Da Vincis crossbow. Late 19th Century reproduction of a page from a notebook written by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), showing his design for a giant crossbow. Published circa 1894-1904

Background imageIdea Collection: Alien, artwork

Alien, artwork
Alien, computer artwork

Background imageIdea Collection: Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive The Rocket of 1829

Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive The Rocket of 1829
STEPHENSONs ROCKET, 1829. Schematic view of George Stephensons locomotive " The Rocket" of 1829

Background imageIdea Collection: Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring

Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring
LEONARDO DA VINCI. Design for a flying machine wing operated by a spring

Background imageIdea Collection: A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson

A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson
A clever but unsportsmanlike contrivance to increase buoyance and prevent fatigue among Channel swimmers. A useful inflatable idea to help long-distance swimmers by the gadget king

Background imageIdea Collection: BIG CHEESE

BIG CHEESE
Cheese weighing 1000 pounds (lbs) given as a gift to King George III in 1793 from the Duchy of Chester. Presumably a Cheshire cheese? Two men stand by to give an idea of scale

Background imageIdea Collection: Schematic view of the Stourbridge Lion, the first commercial locomotive in North America

Schematic view of the Stourbridge Lion, the first commercial locomotive in North America
THE STOURBRIDGE LION, 1829. Schematic view of the Stourbridge Lion, the first commercial locomotive in North America, imported from England by the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company in 1829 for use in

Background imageIdea Collection: Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson

Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson
An ingenious smoke screen spreader for preventing embarrassing situations when the bathroom lock is out of order. Hilarious invention by the inimitable Heath Robinson allowing complete discretion for

Background imageIdea Collection: St Rosa De Lima

St Rosa De Lima
SANTA ROSA DI LIMA displays a luminous glow - a phenomenon reported of many religious figures, and which may have given rise to the idea of the halo : or vice versa

Background imageIdea Collection: SINGER SEWING MACHINE. Description of Isaac M

SINGER SEWING MACHINE. Description of Isaac M. Singers sewing machine on the front page of the " Scientific American", 1 November 1851

Background imageIdea Collection: King Henry VIII portrait - T-shirt / poster print design

King Henry VIII portrait - T-shirt / poster print design
King Henry VIII - T-shirt / poster print design HENRY VIII RETURN OF THE KING

Background imageIdea Collection: Mabel Lucie Attwell - The Idea of Fairies

Mabel Lucie Attwell - The Idea of Fairies

Background imageIdea Collection: A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape after a crash landing

A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape after a crash landing
A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape, in which he was forced to make an emergency crash landing after his ship developed technical problems

Background imageIdea Collection: BIFOCALS, 1760s. Benjamin Franklins sketch for bifocal eyeglasses, which he is

BIFOCALS, 1760s. Benjamin Franklins sketch for bifocal eyeglasses, which he is credited with inventing

Background imageIdea Collection: Planet Earth on human hands, breaking down and crumbling

Planet Earth on human hands, breaking down and crumbling with fragments falling apart. Airbrush illustration

Background imageIdea Collection: LOCOMOTIVE: ROCKET, 1829. George Stephensons Rocket, the winner of the Liverpool

LOCOMOTIVE: ROCKET, 1829. George Stephensons Rocket, the winner of the Liverpool and Manchester Railways competiton of 1829. Engraving, American, 1881

Background imageIdea Collection: McCORMICK HARVESTER. Demonstration of the horse-drawn harvester and binder invented

McCORMICK HARVESTER. Demonstration of the horse-drawn harvester and binder invented by Cyrus Hall McCormick. Undated photograph

Background imageIdea Collection: Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s

Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s
WATER WASTE PREVENTER. Patent drawing for Thomas Crappers sanitary innovation, the Water Waste Preventer, 1880s

Background imageIdea Collection: Spaceship to the Moon imagined in the 1870s

Spaceship to the Moon imagined in the 1870s
Projectile train to the moon, a suggested form of space travel, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIdea Collection: An Attractive Idea for Gents Wear

An Attractive Idea for Gents Wear
Do you realise that the equinoctial gales will soon be blowing in upon us? If so, do not forget to buy one of the new patent adjustable, magnetic hat guards, for use with any style and size of hat

Background imageIdea Collection: STEAM TRICYCLE, 1888. Inventor Lucius D. Copeland demonstrating his steam tricycle

STEAM TRICYCLE, 1888. Inventor Lucius D. Copeland demonstrating his steam tricycle, known as the Phaeton Moto-Cycle, outside the north entrance of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C

Background imageIdea Collection: Madeira - landscape with flowers near Ponta Delgada, Madeira Island, Portugal

Madeira - landscape with flowers near Ponta Delgada, Madeira Island, Portugal

Background imageIdea Collection: The Grand Idea, by H. M. Bateman

The Grand Idea, by H. M. Bateman
A humorous illustration showing the commotion caused by a jockey jumping through a hedge at Aintree rather than over it. Bateman (1887-1970)

Background imageIdea Collection: Touch receptors

Touch receptors

Background imageIdea Collection: Thomas Wright, British astronomer

Thomas Wright, British astronomer
Thomas Wright (1711-86), British astronomer. Wright was born at Byers Green in northern England. In 1730 he set up a school at which he taught mathematics and navigation

Background imageIdea Collection: R. M. S. Queen Mary, Hindenburg and Big Ben, 1936

R. M. S. Queen Mary, Hindenburg and Big Ben, 1936
Illustration of R.M.S. Queen Mary, shown with the airship Hindenberg and the Westminster clock tower Big Ben, in order to give a clear idea of the grand scale of the Cunard White Star Liner

Background imageIdea Collection: Woman Bird Cage 1929

Woman Bird Cage 1929

Background imageIdea Collection: Gowns That Express Poetic Ideas

Gowns That Express Poetic Ideas
Purple and blue wigs to complete the colour-schemes of dresses: gowns that express poetic ideas. Costumes from the house of Madame Lucile

Background imageIdea Collection: Fairies and Elves Feast

Fairies and Elves Feast
Feasting and fun among the fuchsias - fairies and elves are visited by butterflies, which gives you some idea how tiny they are !

Background imageIdea Collection: Caricature of future travel

Caricature of future travel
3847140 Caricature of future travel by Heath, William (1795-1840); (add.info.: Caricature of future travel March of intellect, 1829 by William Heath (1795-1840)

Background imageIdea Collection: ABRAHAM DARBY (1678-1717). English ironmaster. Darby at his forge and the discovery of cast iron

ABRAHAM DARBY (1678-1717). English ironmaster. Darby at his forge and the discovery of cast iron. Etching, English, 19th century

Background imageIdea Collection: German aeronautical engineer. One of Otto Lilenthals early glider flights. Photograph, c1895

German aeronautical engineer. One of Otto Lilenthals early glider flights. Photograph, c1895
OTTO LILIENTHAL (1848-1896). German aeronautical engineer. One of Otto Lilenthals early glider flights. Photograph, c1895

Background imageIdea Collection: Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires

Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires. Robidas idea of world in 1953. From A Robida Le Vingtieme Siecle Paris 1883

Background imageIdea Collection: Spine with workers, spine repair F007 / 9907

Spine with workers, spine repair F007 / 9907
Conceptual computer artwork depicting a spine being repaired

Background imageIdea Collection: Figureheads, May 1890

Figureheads, May 1890
Engravings of ships figureheads from Ancient Etruscan and Roman times through to the 18th century, from The Graphic, 17th May 1890

Background imageIdea Collection: Thomas Saverys atmospheric steam engine for pumping water

Thomas Saverys atmospheric steam engine for pumping water
SAVERY STEAM ENGINE, 1698. Thomas Saverys atmospheric steam engine for pumping water

Background imageIdea Collection: An old instrument with sights for roughly marking the positions of the celestial bodies before

An old instrument with sights for roughly marking the positions of the celestial bodies before the invention of
ASTROLABE. An old instrument with sights for roughly marking the positions of the celestial bodies before the invention of the sextant. Line engraving

Background imageIdea Collection: Inside the Heart

Inside the Heart
No man knoweth the secrets of the heart - but these interior views give you some idea... Date: late 19th century

Background imageIdea Collection: Finnish Canal

Finnish Canal
A steamboat negotiates a series of locks on the Saima Canal, near Palli. The figures give some idea of the size of the construction

Background imageIdea Collection: Portrait Of A Young Woman (L'Ingenue), c1874. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait Of A Young Woman (L'Ingenue), c1874. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Portrait Of A Young Woman (L'Ingenue), c1874. A fashionably dressed woman stands before an undefined background of blue and green tones that suggests the outdoors

Background imageIdea Collection: Oliver Cromwell removing the mace from the Commons

Oliver Cromwell removing the mace from the Commons Chamber and dissolving the Rump Parliament in 1653. Behind him, a group of Roundheads arrest a cavalier. Take away that Bauble

Background imageIdea Collection: Space Donut

Space Donut
Creative food flat lay with space donut, macaron stars and orbits, falling sprinkles and tea splash. Dina Belenko

Background imageIdea Collection: Nowhere Far XXI

Nowhere Far XXI
Petr Strnad

Background imageIdea Collection: Nowhere Far XX

Nowhere Far XX
Petr Strnad

Background imageIdea Collection: Space Solution XVII

Space Solution XVII
Petr Strnad

Background imageIdea Collection: Space Solution XIII

Space Solution XIII
Petr Strnad

Background imageIdea Collection: An idea for an early helicopter

An idea for an early helicopter
3732881 An idea for an early helicopter; (add.info.: Engraving depicting an idea for an early helicopter. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG



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"Unleashing the Extraterrestrial Imagination: Exploring the Idea through Artwork" Embark on a whimsical journey through the realm of ideas, where creativity knows no bounds. Just like an alien from another planet, ideas have the power to captivate and inspire us in ways we never thought possible. Step into the fantastical world of William Heath Robinson's "A Decided Catch, " where contraptions and inventions take center stage. Marvel at Da Vinci's crossbow design, a testament to his genius that transcends time. And behold George Stephenson's groundbreaking locomotive, "The Rocket, " which revolutionized transportation as we know it. But let your imagination soar even higher with designs for flying machines operated by springs - a glimpse into mankind's eternal quest for flight. Witness William Heath Robinson's cunning stroke in creating intricate mechanisms that defy logic yet ignite our curiosity. In this captivating collection, you'll also find yourself immersed in smoke-filled scenes brought to life by Heath Robinson himself. These illustrations remind us that sometimes great ideas emerge from chaos and uncertainty. As you delve deeper into this exploration of ideas, encounter St Rosa De Lima - a symbol of divine inspiration guiding us towards enlightenment. Feel inspired by Isaac M. 's description of the revolutionary Singer Sewing Machine, forever changing how garments are created. And who could forget King Henry VIII? His portrait transformed into an iconic T-shirt or poster print design serves as a reminder that even historical figures can become symbols of innovation and rebellion against conventionality. Finally, witness history being made with the schematic view of the Stourbridge Lion - North America's first commercial locomotive imported from England in 1829. This engraving represents not only progress but also embodies how one they are spark an entire industry. To conclude this extraordinary journey through artistry and invention, immerse yourself in Mabel Lucie Attwell's enchanting depiction of fairies - reminding us that the most magical ideas often come from the realms of our imagination.