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Imagine what moments in history comets have glimpsed as they pass by.
Come into the Special Collections Reading Room and join National Library Director of Exhibitions, Guy Hansen, for the third video in this series featuring images from the Library's cartoon collection. This video features Passing events, or, The tail of the comet of 1853, designed and etched by George Cruikshank, with Guy delving into the events the Klinkerfues Comet (1853) may have witnessed as it sped past 167 years ago.
If you love cartoons as much as Guy, you can learn more about the cartoons in the Library’s collection in Inked: Australian Cartoons, available through the National Library Bookshop.
Want to see more of the Library's cartoon collections?
Watch the first and second videos in the series now: Cripes! The cartoons of Australia and Uprising! One of the oldest cartoons in the National Library.