Boulton, Matthew

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A Portrait of Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton: Industrialist Matthew Boulton was born in Birmingham in 1728, the son of a local manufacturer… read more »

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Aris’s Birmingham Gazette – Holiday at Soho Manufactory

HOLIDAY AT SOHO MANUFACTORY. It is much to the honour of the workmen at Soho, that, in… read more »

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Baskerville and Alternative Technology

Image: Portrait of John Baskerville (1706-1775), Type Founder and Printer, painted by James Millar in 1774. Oil… read more »

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Birmingham: “The Toyshop of Europe”

Image: Matthew Boulton by C F Von Breda, 1792. Oil on Canvas. Boulton was the most famous of Birmingham’s… read more »

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Catherine the Great and her non-visit to Soho House

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Catherine the Great’s Medals

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Cup and Cover, Boulton & Fothergill, 1777

Image from: Birmingham Assay Office. A two handled cup and cover of neo-classical shape made for Cornelius… read more »

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Droz Segmental Collar

At his Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton pioneered the striking of coins within collars, thus ensuring a uniformity… read more »

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Interpretations

Image: Russian Medallion to commemorate the erection of Peter the Great’s statue in 1773. The medal was… read more »

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Johnson and Matthew Boulton

Image: J S C Schaak, Portrait of Matthew Boulton aged 42 (1770). Image from: Local Studies and… read more »

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Labour and Genius: or, the Mill-stream, and the Cascade. A Fable

Image: View of Matthew Boulton’s Soho Manufactory in Handsworth near Birmingham. J Bisset, Bisset’s Magnificent Guide or Grand Copper Plate Directory… read more »

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Letter from Charles Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1777/01/13

Charles Darwin was Dr. Darwin’s son and studied medicine at Edinburgh University. Dr. Joseph Black was a… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1775/03/29

Boulton and Watt were now in partnership and Boulton was attempting to have a Private Bill passed… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1762

Darwin writes to Boulton about the experiments of Dr. Petit and Dr. Franklin —————————————- Dear Boulton Dr… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1763/07/01

Darwin asks Boulton to help him with some apparatus for his scientific experiments. —————————————- Lichfield Jul. 1.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1764/11/03

“Darwin attempts to mediate between Boulton and a Mr Baker due to a disagreement between the two.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1764[?]

A detailed letter in which Darwin explains to Boulton his theory of a mechanically propelled car. —————————————-… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1765/12/12

Darwin writes to Boulton on steam power and Harrison’s Clock and the proposed Birmingham canal. Lichfd. Dec… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1766

Darwin’s letter introducting Boulton to Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Dear Boulton I have got with me a mechanical… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1766/03/11

Darwin writes to Boulton about his steam engine, which Darwin is impatient to see and conflicting theories… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1767/07/29

Darwin writes to Boulton of various financial matters and a recent visit to Derbyshire. —————————————- Lichfd Dear… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1769/06/09

Darwin writes to Boulton about Boulton’s infant daughter, Anne, who suffered from a condition, possibly a dislocation… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1771/01/04

Darwin, Boulton and Wedgwood were due to dine with Mr Anson of Shugborough Hall and Mr Stuart,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1771/02/12

Darwin’s query about an order he placed with Boulton. —————————————- 12 Feb 1771 Dear Boulton I am… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778

Directions to Mr Boulton for making a Tea Vase. Friend Boulton take these ingots fine From rich… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778

Darwin writes to Boulton about an order he placed for a selection of prints by the popular… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/01/11

Darwin gives his opinion on the poetry of a young lady of Boulton’s acquaintance. —————————————- 11 January… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/02/04

Darwin enquires after the Kauffmann prints. —————————————- Dear Boulton, Not having heard of you for so many… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/04/05

Darwin sends his apologies to Boulton for being absent from a Lunar Society meeting with a lively… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1778/04/21

Darwin again enquires after the Kauffmann prints he asked to be framed at Soho. —————————————- Dear Boulton… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1782/01/27

Darwin writes to Boulton requesting the repayment of a loan. —————————————- Radburn 27 Jan 1782 Dear Boulton,… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1782/12/26

Darwin writes to Boulton requesting repayment of a loan. He also speaks of his regret at no… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1783/03/04

Darwin tells Boulton he has become involved with founding a philosophical society at Derby and encourages Boulton… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1784/01/17

Darwin writes to Boulton to request repayment of a loan and of the attempt of the Derby… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1785/01/26

Darwin writes to Boulton about Richard Arkwright’s difficulties over patents for his machinery. —————————————- Derby Jan 26-85… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/01/18

A dispute had arisen between Darwin’s son, Robert, by 1789 a physician in Shrewsbury, and Dr. William… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/03/12

Darwin writes to Boulton of his son, Robert’s dispute with Withering. —————————————- 12 March 1789 Dear Boulton… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/10/22

Darwin writes to Boulton for information about steam engines and coining for Darwin’s latest poem, The Loves… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1789/12/31

Darwin writes Boulton for details of coining. —————————————- Derby Dec 31-89 Dear Boulton I intend in a… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1791/05/09

Darwin writes to assure Boulton of the care being taken of a servant of Boulton’s, Mr Laws.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1793/01/05

Darwin writes to Boulton to say he regrets being unable to visit Soho and enquire after an… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1794/10/08

Darwin requests Boulton help in obtaining aerated water for the treatment of a patient. —————————————- Derby Oct… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1795/03/13

Darwin writes to Boulton to recommend Dr Salt to the position of physician to the Birmingham Dispensary.… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1800/02/23

Darwin writes to recommend Mr Edwards as a solicitor to Boulton. —————————————- Derby Feb. 23, 1800 Dear… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to Matthew Boulton, 1800/11/09

Darwin writes to Boulton about the enclosure of land. —————————————- At Mr Galton’s Crescent Birmingham Nov. 9-1800… read more »

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Matthew Boulton and Birmingham Silverware in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

Image: The painted sign for the King’s Head Inn, New Street, Birmingham showing the Head of George III.… read more »

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Matthew Boulton and Medal Making

Image: Medal commemorating the Union of England and Ireland. 1801. Designed by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler. Britannia shakes hands… read more »

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Matthew Boulton and Silver Making

Image: Sweetmeat Basket, Boulton & Fothergill, 1774 This basket was possibly designed by Robert Adam. The body is… read more »

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Matthew Boulton and the Formation of Birmingham Assay Office

Image: J S C Schaak, Portrait of Matthew Boulton aged 42 (1770). Image from: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery… read more »

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