James Watt, Scottish engineer, c 1800.

Picarte C

James Watt, Scottish engineer, c 1800.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm


Engraving by C Picarte after a painting by Sir William Beechy (1753-1839) of James Watt (1736-1819). Watt was an 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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