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James Watt's single-acting pumping engine, 1788.

James Watt's single-acting pumping engine, 1788.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


By adding a separate condenser to Thomas Newcomen's (1663-1729) engine design, Watt (1736-1818) produced the world's first efficient steam engine. Watt went into partnership with Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) of Soho in Birmingham to produce these engines which shaped the Industrial Revolution. Museum drawing.

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