The Soho Manufactory, Birmingham, c 1800.
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Engraving. James Watt (1736-1819) was a Scottish engineer and inventor who was at the forefront of the development of steam engines - a vital driving force of the Industrial Revolution. In 1774, together with his busines partner Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), he established a manufactory of steam engines in Soho, near Birmingham, of which this is a view.