Mr. Bertrand Barnaby Clarke

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Mr. Clarke Pictured in his workshop with his Aetheric Tele-Visual Tranceiver, 1861.

In 1858 Mr. Bertrand Barnaby Clarke invented a device which he dubbed the Aetheric Tele-Visual Tranceiver. The Tranceiver could be used to pick up signals transmitted long-distance across the aetherwaves, translating them into moving images displayed on the in-built screen with accompanying sound. The aim was to record shows of an entertaining nature and send them into the homes of the masses. Mr. Clarke envisioned a Tranceiver in the household of every family within ten years.

However, the device never took off. No one quite understood the point of wasting their hours in front of a screen when they could be spending their time attaining scientific, artistic and sporting excellence, reading books, seeing friends and travelling the world.

Mr. Clarke had sunk all of his money into the venture and was left a broken man. He sold his workshop and disappeared and his invention was all but lost in history.

This is my drawing for round 3 of the Fistful of Pencils Battle Royale Drawing Challenge with Wobbly Goggy, and brand new challenger Art’s Arts! The theme was ’Unknown Victorian Inventors and their forgotten contraptions’.

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Arthur over at Art’s Arts came up with the colourful Sir Archibald and his Patented Automated Moustache Groomer. Maybe if Mr. Clarke had had one of these he would have been able to spend more time coming up with a decent invention!sir archibald

Wobbly Goggy rooted out Dr. Ezekiel Nitidus Baxendale and his Pauper Detector. I love how he’s made it look just like one of those engravings you find in old Victorian books. Spot on!



Other rounds:

Round 1 – 90s Wrestlers

Round 2 – Robots who don’t realise that they are not human in their superhero alter-ego guises

Round 4 – Gods of lost religions

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