'Mr. Patterson and His Apparatus', 1900. Creator: Unknown
'Mr. Patterson and His Apparatus', 1900. Mr George W Patterson of Chicago was the first person to put on displays of juggling with electrically lit clubs, powered by a storage battery which he designed and built himself. The battery 'evoked much comment from eminent electricians...it weighs 35lb, has thirty-two volts normal, and a capacity of ten amperes at about twenty-five volts...To give a display, the room is darkened, and Mr. Patterson, taking his stand in front of the audience, turns on the current and swings the clubs with the most wonderful results.' From "The Strand Magazine, an illustrated monthly", Volume XIX - January to June 1900, edited by George Newnes. [George Newnes Ltd, London, 1900]
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'Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar', 1782 (c1857). Artist: G Stodart
'Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar', 1782 (c1857). General Sir George Eliott is on horseback pointing to the battle between the British and the Spanish land and sea forces. Eliott (1717-1790) played a prominent role in withstanding the Franco-Spanish siege of Gibraltar in 1779-1783, for which he was knighted. He was created Baron Heathfield in 1787. From England's Battles by Sea and Land, volume III, by Lieutenant Colonel William Freke Williams, published by the London Printing and Publishing Company, 1857.
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Battery of St Ouen, Siege of Paris, 1870-1871. Artist: Paul Roux
Battery of St Ouen, Siege of Paris, 1870-1871. After the disastrous defeat of the French at Sedan and the capture of Napoleon III, the Prussians surrounded Paris on 9 September 1870. The French commander, General Trochu, initially opted to rely on a static defence based on the city's fortifications rather than trying to break through the Prussian encirclement. The Prussians, meanwhile, had no intention of invading the city, relying on a blockade to compel its capitulation. Eventually the French made several attempts to break out, but all were unsuccessful. The city held out despite famine and great hardship until a bombardment with heavy siege guns led to its surrender on 28 January 1871. From a private collection.
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