William James, British railway pioneer, c 1800.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

William James, British railway pioneer, c 1800.

Roffe, W

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Engraved portrait by W Roffe after a miniature by Chalon. In 1821 James (1771-1837) met George Stephenson (1781-1848). The two men agreed to build a railway between Liverpool and Hull, but were unable to carry out the project. In 1822 James produced a report proposing a railway between Liverpool and Manchester, gaining support from the merchant, Joseph Sandars. However, the following year James was declared bankrupt and imprisoned. Sandars and Stephenson went on to build the railway without him.
 

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