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Oil Painting - Portrait of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1987V330
Collection:Topographical Views
Date:1770 c - 1770 c

Maker Information

Artist:J S C Schaak - View biography for J S C Schaak


Matthew Boulton was one of the leading entrepreneurs and visionaries of the eighteenth century. In partnership with James Watt, in 1775, he launched into the development and industrial application of the steam engine. In 1761 he began building his Soho Manufactory, where he pioneered revolutionary techniques of production, such as the division of labour, which, in terms of its scale and diversity, developed into an industrial complex without parallel or precedent in the world. As well as producing 'toys' that were the staple of Birmingham industry, such as buttons, buckles, boxes and japanned wares, he established the first steam-driven mint in the world.

Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Oil on canvas
Material(s):Oil Paint

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Height:100 cm
Width:90 cm