John Joseph Merlin, Belgian inventor and mechanic, c 1770.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

John Joseph Merlin, Belgian inventor and mechanic, c 1770.

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Engraving by G P H after his original drawing, showing a portrait of Merlin and an ornate two-wheeled carriage. John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803), the eccentric Belgian inventor, began his career as a mathematical-instrument maker in Paris. In 1760 he moved to London and founded 'Merlin's Mechanical Museum'; a place of entertainment and a saleroom for his inventions. In the same year, he invented the first roller skates, and then in the late 1700s, a sedan-chair with two wheels, known as the 'Merlin Chair', which became particularly popular in the spa town of Bath. Published by R S Kirby & I Scott, London on 3 July, 1803. Dimensions: 140mm x 225mm.
 

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10400476
 

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