Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

'Watt's first experiment with steam', c 1745.

Scott, James

'Watt's first experiment with steam', c 1745.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Engraving by James Scott, after a painting by Robert William Bus. The Scottish engineer and instrument maker James Watt (1736-1819) is shown here, as a child at the tea table, observing a steaming kettle. Watt went on to invent the modern steam engine, which became the main source of power in British textile mills 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. Published by the Lloyd Brothers, 1849. Dimensions: 496mm x 550mm.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas