They were all stalking seaward

They were all stalking seaward

Warwick Goble

Photomechanical reproduction of a watercolour

4½ x 2¾ inches

H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, serialized in Pearson’s Magazine, 4 (July–Dec 1897), 449.

This illustration highlights the contrast between the tripods' mechanical legs and thrashing tentacles. The combination of industrial pincers, spurts of steam, smoke and ‘articulate ropes of steel’ makes them both incongruous and other-worldly. The featureless seascape typifies the bleak treatment of topography, accentuating the idea of a world being stripped of its natural assets.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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