James Watt, Scottish engineer, 1815.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

James Watt, Scottish engineer, 1815.

Chantrey, Francis, Sir

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Silhouette of a bust by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey (1781-1841), 1815 of James Watt, (1736-1819). Scottish engineer and instrument maker who invented the modern steam engine which became the main source of power in the textile mills in Britain. His engine had a separate condenser through which steam from the cylinder was pased and cooled, allowing the engine to be kept hot. This reduced fuel consumption, saving time.



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