James Watt, Scottish engineer, c 1800.

Turner, Charles

 
James Watt, Scottish engineer, c 1800.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Description

Mezzotint by Charles Turner, 1815, after an original painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c 1800. James Watt (1736-1819) invented the modern steam engine, which became the main source of power in textile mills in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. His engine had a separate condenser through which steam from the cylinder was pased and cooled, allowing the engine to remain hot, thus reducing fuel consumption. The SI (international standard) unit of power, the watt (W), is named after him. Dimensions overall: 185mm x 140mm.

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