Punch,  13 (1847), 159.

The Blackheath Eclipse



Reportage, Spoof; Illustration, Drollery

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Astronomy, Meteorology, Charlatanry

    Reports on a 'hoax played off upon the public', who flocked to Blackheath to observe the eclipse, only to experience continuous rain. Argues that although the sun 'could scarcely have been suspected of such an imposition', its 'character has not been lately quite as spotless as it ought to be'. The illustration shows a crowd attempting to observe the eclipse in the rain.

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