Steam Engine


A Portrait of James Watt

James Watt: Inventor James Watt was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1736. His father was an instrument… read more »

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A Portrait of William Murdoch

William Murdock: The Incomparable Mechanic William Murdoch (1754 -1839) was one of most creative and least known… 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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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1767/08/18

Darwin writes to Watt about his ideas for improving carriages and commenting on Watt’s developing theories for… 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 James Watt, 1789/11/20

Darwin writes to Watt to request some details of the Boulton and Watt steam engine for his… read more »

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Letter from Erasmus Darwin to James Watt, 1790/01/19

Darwin thanks Watt for information about steam engines for The Economy of Vegetationand attempts to rouse Watt from… 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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