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The War of the Worlds illustrated by Henrique Alvim-Corrêa

  • Intro
    Museum's Description
    • This is an illustration from the famous science fiction book The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. It was written in 1898, and this picture comes from the French translation of the book.

      The illustration shows a group of aliens, Martians from Mars, destroying some buildings whilst people hide.

      You can see some more of Henrique Alvim Corrêa's illustrations on the British Library's website.

      Things to think about...
      • Has the artist succeeded in making the Martians look scary?
      • When The War of the Worlds was published, the British Empire was a powerful force in the world. What effect do you think setting an invasion story in England would have had on the readers at the time?

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