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Engraving - Portrait of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1996V128
Collection:Topographical Views
Date:1801-05-01 - 1801-05-01

Maker Information

After:Sir W Beachey - View biography for Sir W Beachey
Engraver:William Sharp - View biography for William Sharp


Boulton was without doubt 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.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Medium:Engraving on paper.
Material(s):Printed paper

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Height:569 mm
Width:447 mm