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Lithograph - Sycamore Hill, Handsworth - Sycamore Hill Handsworth Overlooking Gt Western Ry.

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1996V145.76
Collection:Topographical Views - Wilkinson Collection


This lithograph of about 1870 shows the former home of William Murdock (1754-1839). Murdock pioneered the use of coal gas for lighting and, in 1803, Matthew Boulton and James Watt asked him to install gas lighting at the Soho Manufactory.Murdock's house, Sycamore Hill, was lit by gas actually made on the premises. As a result of Murdock's involvement, the manufacture of gas-making apparatus became increasingly important at Soho.Murdock died in 1839 and was interred in Handsworth Church.

Wilkinson Collection. Transferred from Birmingham Reference Library, 1996.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Lithograph on paper.
Material(s):Printed paper

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Height:168 mm
Width:109 mm