Britannia by Felix Desruelles at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Britannia by Felix-Alexandre Desruelles (18651943) at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - commemorating the arrival of the British troops in 1914. This work by Desruelles did not last for long as it was destroyed by the Germans in July 1940. The statue and supporting column had a total height of 15m. At the top of the column was the figure of Britannia, a trident in her right hand and a shield in her left hand. She looked vigilantly towards the channel. Date: circa 1920s
An Englishmans Home by Guy du Maurier
An Englishmans Home by Guy du Maurier. First produced at the Wyndhams Theatre on 27th January 1909. Guy du Maurier was brother of the actor Gerald, and uncle of the novelist, Daphne. Britannia points to the soldiers she is urging the effete young man, who is smoking and reading a sporting paper, to join. Billed as The Great Invasion Play this was part of the invasion scare of the period. The artist is Will True. Date: 1909
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Greater false vampire bat, Megaderma lyra
Greater false vampire bat, Megaderma lyra, and trident leaf-nosed bat, Asellia tridens. . Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Frederic Cuvier's Dictionary of Natural Science: Mammals, Paris, France, 1816. Illustration by J. G. Pretre, engraved by Dien, directed by Pierre Jean-Francois Turpin, and published by F.G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
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