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Sir Richard Arkwright, late of Cromford Derbyshire,
Sir Richard Arkwright, late of Cromford Derbyshire, The Eminent Inventor of the Machinery used in Spinning Cotton, by means of Rollers [...]
Painted by J. Wright Engraved by H. Meyer [c.1800]
Stipple engraving on india, platemark 225 x 150mm (9 x 6") very large margins.
Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-92), inventor of cotton-spinning machinery and cotton manufacturer. The archetypal self-made man, Arkwright went from a barber's apprentice in Bolton to a key figure in the proto-industrial north and midlands whose worth at his death was some £500,000. An ambitious inventor, Arkwright improved cotton manufacturing machinery, set up up the Cromford Cotton Mills in the then unexploited district of Cromford near Matlock (for a view of pre-Arkwright Cromford see ref.29386), and later ventured into hosiery knitting as well. Engraving after the portrait of c.1789-90 by Joseph Wright of Derby (private collection). Arkwright occupies an important place in Wright's work, not only in the portraits he painted of Arkwright and his family, but also because of the series of views he painted of the area where Arkwright established his empire. Not shown in this engraving is the model of the spinning frame Arkwright claimed to have invented, which in Wright's painting is on a table beside the sitter's left hand. Benedict Nicolson suggests that because aspersions had been cast on his qualifications as an inventor, Arkwright preferred to have this aspect of his work emphasised, rather than being painted with, say, a plan of his industrial empire- an achievement which was in no doubt.
Nicolson, 'Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light' (1968), vol. 1, pp.164-9. For Nicolson's monograph see ref. 27349.
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George P. Bidder, Esqre.
George P. Bidder, Esqre.
Painted & Engraved by John Lucas. Proof.
London: Published January 1st. 1848, By Henry Graves & Compy. Printsellers To The Queen & H.R.R. Prince Albert, 6.Pall Mall.
Mezzotint. 518 x 360mm.
George Parker Bidder (1806-1878).was the son of a stonemason and born at Mortonhampstead in Devon. While still a young child his father took him to local fairs and then around the country showing off his mathematical skills where he earned a good living. In 1819 he came to the attention of Sir Henry Jardine and was tutored privately, by 1820 he was attending Edinburgh University. He settled in Lambeth and became a very successful engineer.
[Ref: 3964]   £320.00  
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George Bidder. The Calculating phenomenon of England.
George Bidder. The Calculating phenomenon of England. Who at eight years of age & having received no instruction ina rthmatic possessed the power of resolvin difficult arithmetical questions without hesitatin or shewing any appearance if mental operation Which power continues and improves. He was born at Morton Hampstead in Devonshire June 14.th. 1806.
Engraved July 1815 by Freeman from a picture by John King.
Stipple. Sheet: 155 x 195mm (6 x 7¾"). Trimmed within plate.
A portrait of George Bidder (1806-1878) who was exhibited by his father around the country on account of his fascinating mental skills. Thanks to an education provided by figures such as Sir J. Herschel and Sir H. Jardine, Bidder went on to be a successful engineer who worked alongside the Stephensons advising on the creation of the railways.
For a portrait of Bidder as an adult see ref: 3964. For another portrait of Bidder as a boy see ref: 31184.
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Matthew Boulton, Esq. F.R.S. & S.A.  From an original Picture by Sir William Beechey, R.A. in the Possession of his Son, Matthew Robinson Boulton, Esq.
Matthew Boulton, Esq. F.R.S. & S.A. From an original Picture by Sir William Beechey, R.A. in the Possession of his Son, Matthew Robinson Boulton, Esq.
Drawn by W.Evans, Engraved by A.Cardon.
Published Feb.7.1812, By T.Cadell & W.Davies, Strand, London.
Stipple. Sheet 394 x 308mm.
Matthew Boulton (September 3, 1728 – 18 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and engineer.
W: 385
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Matth:w Boulton [facsimile signature.]
Matth:w Boulton [facsimile signature.] 24th June 1787.
From a Wax Medallion modelled from life in the possession of Mr. John Rabone Junr.
Photographed by Mr. H.J. Whitlock, Birm.m.
Photograph. 222 x 145mm. 8¾ x 5¾".
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) the Birmingham industrialist and entrepreneur, who was called 'the first manufacture in England' by Josiah Wedgwood. He was the founder of the Soho Works in Birmingham in 1762, known for its high quality ornamental objects. In 1775 Boulton entered into partnership with the Scottish engineer James Watt who invented the steam engine; he supplied machinery for the new Mint on Tower Hill in 1805. Boulton also designed for the commercial art market, devising ormolu (gilt brass) mounts for the English potter Josiah Wedgwood's decorative wares. Both men belonged to the Lunar Society, a group of prominent Midlands men who developed ideas and techniques in science, manufacturing and transport.
[Ref: 26644]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Mr James Brindley
Mr James Brindley Engineer to his Grace the Duke of Bridgewater and to the Canal Navigations now Carrying on in different parts of the Kingdom.
F. Parsons Pinxt. R. Dunkarton fecit 1773.
[c.1820.]
Mezzotint, 455 x 330mm. 18 x 13".
James Brindley (1716 - 1772), early civil engineer and canal builder, famous for the Bridgwater Canal and the viaduct where the canal went above a river (background to left). His right arm rests on a telescope. A later impression from the plate first published 1770, on wove paper, probably from the two volume folio 'Woodburn’s Gallery of rare Portraits, consisting of original plates, by Cecil, Deloram, Droeshout, Elstracke, Faithorne, ... &c' 1816. After Francis Parsons (1763 - 1804).
British Library: 003970702.
[Ref: 11734]   £280.00  
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Sir I. Brunel.
Sir I. Brunel.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Engraving. Plate: 230 x 140mm (9 x 5½"). Crease in bottom right corner.
Two portraits of mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), on the top is depicted a profile bust of while below Brunel is shown raising his well-known tall hat.
[Ref: 46826]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Mark Isambard Brunel Esq.r F.R.S.
Mark Isambard Brunel Esq.r F.R.S. Author of the Block Machinery in his Majesty's Dock Yard at Portsmouth, and of other eminent works belonging to the British Government, &c. &c. Whose public works will best attest his fame While private worth adds value to his name. Dedicated by permission to the R.t Hon.ble Lord Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, &c. &c. &c. by his Lordship's most ob.t. & hum.ble s.t Chas. Turner.
Painted by James Northcote Esq.r R.A. Engraved by C.Turner.
London. Pub.d. March 30th, 1815 by C.Turner, 50, Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14").
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, 1769-1849, civil engineer. His method for production of rigging blocks for the navy at the Portsmouth Block Mills was the first genuine industrial production line. His two most most notable achievements are the Thames Tunnel and fathering Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Whitman 77. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 4429]   £680.00  
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Mark Isambard Brunel Esq.r F.R.S.
Mark Isambard Brunel Esq.r F.R.S. Author of the Block Machinery in his Majesty's Dock Yard at Portsmouth, and of other eminent works belonging to the British Government, &c. &c. Dedicated by permission to the R.t Hon.ble Lord Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, &c. &c. &c. by his Lordship's most ob.t. & hum.ble s.t Chas. Turner.
Painted by James Northcote Esq.r R.A. Engraved by C.Turner.
London. Pub.d. March 30th, 1815 by C.Turner, 50, Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint on india, platemark 505 x 355mm (19¾ x 14").
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849), civil engineer, at a table with mechanical drawings and a model of an engine His method for production of rigging blocks for the navy at the Portsmouth Block Mills was the first genuine industrial production line. He is remembered for being chief engineer on the Thames Tunnel and as father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but also served as chief engineer in New York, and designed Liverpool's first floating landing stage (1826). Engraved after the portrait of 1812-13 by James Northcote (National Portrait Gallery).
Whitman 77 iii/iii; Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. For an earlier state, see ref. 4429.
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[Sir Mark Isambard Brunel] Mc Is Brunel [signature facsimile].
[Sir Mark Isambard Brunel] Mc Is Brunel [signature facsimile].
Painted by S. Drummond A.R.A. Engraved by J. Carter.
London. Published October 7th 1846. by Fred. Gwynne (late Colnaghi & Co.) Printseller and Publisher to the Royal Family, 23 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross.
Mezzotint on india. 545 x 405mm (21½ x 16"). Tears in backing paper.
Portrait of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel [1769 - 1849], civil engineer, engraved from the portrait by Drummond (London, National Portrait Gallery). Brunel is surrounded by objects alluding to his profession and achievements, including a miner's lamp, cotton-winding machine and a model of a lighthouse. On the right is the Thames Tunnel: the portrait was painted c.1835, half-way through its construction. This mezzotint was published in 1846, three years after the tunnel was opened to the public. By this time Brunel's career was over, having been almost totally paralysed on his right side by a stroke in 1845.
For proof state see ref. 47314.
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[Sir Mark Isambard Brunel.]
[Sir Mark Isambard Brunel.]
Painted by S. Drummond A.R.A. Engraved by J. Carter.
London. Published October 7th 1846. by Fred. Gwynne (late Colnaghi & Co.) Printseller and Publisher to the Royal Family, 23 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross.
Proof mezzotint on india, with Brunel's pencil signature on a pasted label under a typed lable. 545 x 405mm (21½ x 16"). Backing paper age-toned.
Portrait of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel [1769 - 1849], civil engineer, engraved from the portrait by Drummond (London, National Portrait Gallery). Brunel is surrounded by objects alluding to his profession and achievements, including a miner's lamp, cotton-winding machine and a model of a lighthouse. On the right is the Thames Tunnel: the portrait was painted c.1835, half-way through its construction. This mezzotint was published in 1846, three years after the tunnel was opened to the public. By this time Brunel's career was over, having been almost totally paralysed on his right side by a stroke in 1845.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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Ye great Philanthropist.
Ye great Philanthropist. Lights O' New York.
Tobin. N.Y. [n.d. c.1880.]
Chromolithograph. 158 x 102mm. 6¼ x 4".
Peter Cooper (1791-1883) was an American inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist born in New York City. In 1829, after much success in the glue business, he erected the Canton Iron Works in Baltimore. There he constructed the "Tom Thumb", one of the earliest locomotives built in the United States. His lasting monument is Cooper Union in New York City, built after his own plans to provide for education for the working classes.
[Ref: 15454]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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W. Cubitt [facsimile signature]
W. Cubitt [facsimile signature]
T. H. Maguire. 1850. M. & N. Hanhart Impt.
[Published by George Ransome, Ipswich, n.d. c.1850]
Lithograph with facsimile signature. 609 x 446mm.
Civil Engineer and builder of railways, 1785-1861, inventor of the treadmill, He superintended the construction of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851. This print published for Ipswich Museum Portraits.
[Ref: 4010]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Sir Humphrey Davy (Chimiste),
Sir Humphrey Davy (Chimiste), associé etranger de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris et Président de la Société royale de Londre. Ne à Penzance Comté de Cornwall en 1775.
Dessiné d’après le Portrait original peint par T. Phillips, et Gravé par Ambroise Tardieu.
[n.d. c.1830.]
Stipple with small margins. Plate 196 x 127mm (7¾ x 5").
Sir Humphrey Davy (1778-1829), English chemist and inventor. He is remembered mainly for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as his contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. In 1815 he invented the Davy lamp, which allowed miners to work safely in the presence of flammable gases.
W.772 - not in.
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Sir Humphrey Davy Bar.t
Sir Humphrey Davy Bar.t President of the Royal Society &c &c &c
Painted by T. Phillips Esq.r R.A. Engraved by S.W. Reynolds
Pub.d by T. Phillips March 1822
Mezzotint with large margins, proof; platemark 230 x 165mm (9 x 6½"). Rare.
Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829), chemist and inventor. He is remembered mainly for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as his contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. In 1815 he invented the Davy lamp, which allowed miners to work safely in the presence of flammable gases. Davy's reputation was soon eclipsed by that of his one-time assistant Michael Faraday, but Davy was one of the first professional men of science, with a high position and great fame in his own day. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), whose over 700 portraits record the leading personalities of his time
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; W 68; Wellcome: 772-15.
[Ref: 34954]   £220.00  
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Peter Ewart [facsimile signature]. Private Plate[lower left].
Peter Ewart [facsimile signature]. Private Plate[lower left].
Painted by James Lonsdale. Engraved by S.W. Reynolds. 151/2 Holland St. Kensington.
Published by Thomas Agnew, Repository of Arts Exchange St. Manchester, July 8th 1843. Printed by Brooker & Harrison.
Mezzotint engraving on india paper. 305 x 405mm.
Engineer who was influential in developing the technologies of turbines and theories of thermodynamics [1767 - 1842].
[Ref: 3953]   £260.00  
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Charles Fox. C. E.
Charles Fox. C. E. Contructor of the Crystal Palace, to whose untiring energy and Enginerring Skill the World is indebted for the realization of Mr. Paxton's idea of a Palace of Glass.
From life on stone by C. Baugniet.
Day & Son, Lith.rs to The Queen 1851.
Lithograph, scarce; Sheet size: 400mm x 600mm (16" x 24"). Laid on India Paper. Tear from left. Some damage to india paper.
Portrait of Charles Fox (1810-1874) an English civil engineer, whose expertise in ironwork construction led to an invitation by Joseph Paxton to build the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Fox was knighted in late 1851 for his contribution to the building of Crystal Palace and employed by the Crystal Palace Company for the re-location of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham Hill.
[Ref: 31813]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Sir John Harrison Translator of Aristo_ &c. Promo Augusti anno Domini 1591 ætatis suæ 30.
Sir John Harrison Translator of Aristo_ &c. Promo Augusti anno Domini 1591 ætatis suæ 30.
[n.d. c.1800.]
Etching. Sheet 100 x 75mm (4 x 3"). Trimmed and laid on album paper.
Oval portrait of John Harington (c.1561-1612), courtier of Elizabeth I, author and reputed inventor of the flush toilet, a clock in the background. His translation of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso' caused his banishment from court. He installed his flush toilet, called 'Ajax' (a pun on the slang 'jakes' for toilet) at his manor in Kelston and published a humorous book, under the pseudonym of Misacmos, called 'A New Discourse upon a Stale Subject: The Metamorphosis of Ajax'.
[Ref: 37796]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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John Harrison Esq. Inventor of the Time Keeper.
John Harrison Esq. Inventor of the Time Keeper. European Magazine.
Published by John Sewell, No 32 Cornhill, 1st Sept.r 1788.
Engraving. 180 x 115mm (7 x 4½") Thread margins, hole in inscription area.
A portrait of John Harrison (c.1693 - 1776), in profile with wig curled, in an oval frame. Harrison, an English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer, finally solving the Logitude question (of how to establish the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea) thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long-distance sea travel. The problem was considered so intractable and, following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707, so important that the British Parliament offered the Longitude prize of £20,000.
[Ref: 45040]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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John Harrison Esq.r.
John Harrison Esq.r. Inventor of the Time Keeper.
Engrav'd by Burnet Reading.
[London, 1776.]
Engraving. Sheet size: 145 x 95mm (5¾ x 3¾"). Trimmed to image. Glued to backing sheet.
A portrait of John Harrison (c.1693 - 1776) bust, in profile to the left, wearing short wig curled over side of head. In oval frame. An illustration to the 'European Magazine'. Harrison, an English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer, finally solving the Logitude question; how to establish the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea, thus revolutionising and extending the possibility of safe long-distance sea travel. The problem was considered so intractable and, following the Scilly naval disaster of 1707, so important that the British Parliament offered the Longitude prize of £20,000.
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John Harrison.
John Harrison. From an Engraving by Tassaert; published in 1768, after a Painting by King. Under the Superintendance of the Society of the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
Engraved by W. Holl.
London, Published by Charles Knight, Ludgate Street. [n.d. c.
Engraving. 266 x 179mm. 10½ x 7". Hole in the sky area.
John Harrison (c.1693-1776), clockmaker celebrated for his work in marine timekeeping. He was the maker of five innovative and ground breaking timekeepers and perfected the chronometer, winning the prize for determining Longitude at sea in 1773.
[Ref: 24815]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Hawkshaw.]
[John Hawkshaw.]
[Painted by James Edgell Collins. Engraved by James Faed.]
[London, Published March 16th 1866 by Henry Graves & Co. the Proprietors Publishers to the Queen and T.R.H. the Prince & Princess of Wales__6 Pall Mall.]
Mezzotint, proof before letters. 405 x 515mm. Some staining in margins.
Sir John Hawkshaw, engineer who in 1845 became chief engineer to the Manchester & Leeds railway, and in 1847 to its successor, the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway 1811 - 1891].
[Ref: 8207]   £240.00  
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John Hawkshaw [facsimile signature inside the plate.]
John Hawkshaw [facsimile signature inside the plate.]
Painted by James Edgell Collins. Engraved by James Faed.
London: Published March 16th.1866, by Henry Graves & Co.the Proprietors Publishers to the Queen and T.R.H. the Prince & Princess of Wales _6 Pall Mall.
Mezzotint on india. Plate 515 x 406mm. 20¼ x 16". Slight damage top right; damaged borders.
Sir John Hawkshaw (1811-1891) was an English engineer. At the age of eighteen he received an appointment as engineer to the Bolivar Mining Association in Venezuela, but due to bad health, affected by the climate, he was forced to return to England in 1834. He then took employment under Jesse Hartley at the Liverpool docks, but was quickly made engineer in charge of the railways of Manchester, Bolton and the Bury Canal Company. In 1845 he became Chief Engineer to the Manchester and Leeds Railway, and a year later, to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. He can also put his name to other works around the world including Germany, Russia, India and Mauritius. He was actively engaged in the construction of canals and in 1862 he became engineer of the Amsterdam ship-canal. Back in England he was part of the original Channel Tunnel Company from 1872, but that was short lived due to differing opinions; he was also consulting engineer to the Severn Tunnel. Another claim is as designer of Puerto Madero, in Buenos Aires, finished in 1898. From 1861 until 1863 he served as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
NPG: D35620.
[Ref: 17371]   £280.00  
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Joseph-Marie Jacquard
Joseph-Marie Jacquard Né à Lyon le 7 Juillet 1752 Mort à Oullins le 7 Aout 1834
Gravé par Duchene d'apres le Tableau de Bonnefond.
Lithograph, sheet 215 x 160mm (8½ x 6¼"). Offered with photograph of the 1862 International Exhibition at the Royal Horticultural Society, London.
Portrait of Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752-1834), French silk-weaver and inventor. After fighting in the French Revolution Jacquard, the son of a weaver, patented a drawloom for weaving patterned silks in 1801. In 1804 he introduced (but never patented) the so-called Jacquard mechanism, the 'first practical application of punch-cards to the automatic control of a manufacturing process'. After a portrait by Claude Bonnefond (1796-1880), genre painter and teacher at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Jacquard's hometown of Lyon.
[Ref: 39585]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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This Portrait of John Kay, of Bury, (Inventor of the Fly Shuttle &c),
This Portrait of John Kay, of Bury, (Inventor of the Fly Shuttle &c), was saved, during the Earthquake that occurred on the Island of Juan Fernandes, and is dedicated to The Right Hon.ble Sir Rob.t Peel Bart. M. by his obedient, humble Servant, Tho.s Sutcliffe.
Proof. (Ent. Sta. Hall.)
Baines History of the County Palatine of Lancaster.
Lithograph, printed on india. Sheet: 380 x 280mm (15 x 11").
A bust portrait of John Kay (1704-1779) who invented the flying shuttle which was one of the most important inventions of the Industrial Revolution.
[Ref: 46313]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Joseph Locke, Esq.re M.P.
Joseph Locke, Esq.re M.P.
Painted by Francis Grant, Esq. A.R.A. Engraved by Henry Cousins.
London, Published June 1st. 1849, by Henry Graves & Comp.y Printsellers in Ordinary to Her Majesty and H.R.H. Prince Albert. 6, Pall Mall.
Mixed method engraving. Plate 774 x 394mm. 30½ x 15½".
Joseph Locke (1805-1860) was a civil engineer and was apprenticed to the railway engineer George Stephenson. He was particularly associated with railway projects and dominated this scene alongside Robert Stephenson and Brunel, as one of the major pioneers of railway development. He was part of the surveying team and group of engineers on the developments of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, Lancaster & Carlisle Railway, and the Manchester & Sheffield Railway. In the south he was responsible for working on the London and South Western Railway, including the designs of Richmond Railway Bridge (1848, but since replaced) and Barnes Bridge (1849). He was also involved in planning and building many railways in Europe, including the Le Havre, Rouen, Paris rail link, the Barcelona to Mataro line and the Dutch Rhenish Railway. Between 1857 and 1859 he was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 1847 he served as MP for Honiton in Devon.
Science Museum: 10302032.
[Ref: 19178]   £420.00  
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John Joseph Merlin,  The Celebrated Mechanic.
John Joseph Merlin, The Celebrated Mechanic.
G.P.H. delt. et Sculp.
[n.d., c.1815.]
Stipple engraving with etching, sheet 138 x 217mm. Trimmed into lower edge of plate.
John-Joseph Merlin was born in 1735 in the city of Huy, Belgium, and died in 1803 in London. He was an inventor, noted for the invention of roller skates. He also improved musical instruments and manufactured automats, such as Cox's timepiece. He created Merlin's Mechanical Museum to display his machines. Probably by George Perfect Harding (1781 - 1853), portrait painter, copyist and antiquary.
[Ref: 7523]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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W.H. Phillips [facsimile signature]
W.H. Phillips [facsimile signature] Inventor of the Fire Annihilator.
Alfred Tidey, Pinx.t. William Underwood, Litho. Printed by Hullmandel & Walton.
Published June 10th 1852, by J.L. Grundy, 130, Regent St.
Lithograph on india with back-sheet printed with title; extremely rare. Sheet 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾"). Some spotting, corner creased.
Half-length portrait of William Henry Phillips, whose 'Patent portable fire annihilator, for extinguishing fire by gases and vapour, affording a means of saving life and property when water may be unavailing' was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, winning a prize. This was a device that used a chemical reaction to produce a cloud of carbon dioxide to smother a fire. A motion was presented to Parliament that every government vessel should have an Annihilator. However the Fire Annihilator Works, at Battersea Fields, burned to the ground in 1852, and the business failed. P.T. Barnum invested in the company that bought the American patent, but after some unsatisfactory trials, that company also closed, although the Great American Showman still believed the invention was a valuable one, writing about it in his autobiography.
Not in Wellcome.
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[James Meadows Rendel, F.R.S.]
[James Meadows Rendel, F.R.S.]
[Painted by G.Opie, engraved by Samuel Bellin.]
[Henry Graves & Co, 1866.]
Mezzotint on india, proof before letters, Printsellers' Association blindstamp. Plate 518 x 411mm. 20½ x 16¼". Scarce, bit dirty, with large margins.
James Meadows Rendel (1799-1856), civil engineer. Rendel was employed by Thomas Telford before setting up his own business in Plymouth. His greatest enterprises were the harbours at Holyhead (1845), Portland (1847) and St. Peter Port, Guernsey (1850). He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1852-3. In 1831 he introduced a new system of crossing rivers by means of chain ferries worked by steam, and in 1832 he constructed a floating bridge on this principle, crossing the Dart at Dartmouth. Between 1832 and 1834 similar floating bridges were erected at Torpoint and Saltash across the Tamar, which greatly facilitated the intercourse between Devon and Cornwall.
PSA: AP.25. BL.25.
[Ref: 22531]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Alexa. Saverien.
Alexa. Saverien. Auteur de l'Histoire des Philosophes modernes... &c&c.
Peint par Mdme. François.
[Paris: J.C. François, c.1760.]
Crayon manner printed in reddish-brown ink, sheet 295 x 220mm. 11½ x 8¾".
Portrait of Alexandre Savérien (1725 - 1805), French engineer and author of the book in which this plate was published, 'Histoire des Philosophes modernes' (eight 4to vols, Brunet 1760-1767). 79 plates (and eight frontispieces) were engraved for the book. By Jean Charles François (1717 - 1769), inventor the crayon manner technique of etching in 1757; apparently after his own wife's design.
[Ref: 22214]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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William Siemens [facsimile signature].
William Siemens [facsimile signature].
Rudoph Lehmann pinx. Swan Electric Engraving Co.
[n.d., c.1883.]
Photogravure. 220 x 170mm (8½ x 6¾"), very large margins with a sheet of letterpress biography. Slight foxing.
Half-length portrait of Sir Charles William Siemens (originally Karl Wilhelm, 1823-83), electrical engineer and entrepreneur. Godalming in Surrey had the world's first street lighting, powered by a Siemens AC Alternator driven by a watermill. Rudolf Lehmann's oil, painted in 1882, in in the National Portrait Gallery.
NPG 2632.
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John Smeaton. Civil Engineer. F.R.S.
John Smeaton. Civil Engineer. F.R.S. Died Oct. 28. MDCCLXXXXII Aged 68 Years.
Painted by Mr. Brown for Al.r Aubert Esquire. Engraved by Mr. Bromley and Published for the Society of Civil Engineers, by W. Faden Feb. 1st 1798
Engraving, platemark 215 x 165mm (8½ x 6½") large margins.
John Smeaton (1724-92), civil engineer, portrayed here with Eddystone Lighthouse (which he designed in 1755-9) in the background. Smeaton was responsible for numerous bridges, canals and harbours.
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The Marquis of Worcester,
The Marquis of Worcester, first Projector of the Steam Engine.
[Anon, c.1830]
Stipple engraving, sheet 125 x 95mm (5 x 3¾"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Edward Somerset, second marquess of Worcester (d.1667), courtier and scientist. Worcester was a scientific entrepreneur who imaginatively patronised hydraulic engineering, but was unable to convince the scientific community of his achievement, and it was left to the Victorians (exemplified by this print) to rescue his reputation as an engineer. He was also a war commander in the Welsh marches, and a diplomat in Ireland.
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The Marquis of Worcester,
The Marquis of Worcester, first Projector of the Steam Engine.
[Anon, c.1830]
Stipple engraving, sheet 115 x 70mm (4½ x 2¾"). Trimmed to image; false margins added.
Edward Somerset, second marquess of Worcester (d.1667), courtier and scientist. Worcester was a scientific entrepreneur who imaginatively patronised hydraulic engineering, but was unable to convince the scientific community of his achievement, and it was left to the Victorians (exemplified by this print) to rescue his reputation as an engineer. He was also a war commander in the Welsh marches, and a diplomat in Ireland.
[Ref: 35314]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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GW: Stephenson Engineer.  [facsimile signature]
GW: Stephenson Engineer. [facsimile signature]
Painted By H. P. Briggs, Esqr: R.A. Engraved By C. Turner, A.R.A.
London, Published for the Proprietor June 7, 1838, by Mr. Turner, 50 , Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. 419 x 313mm. Repaired hole, creases and tears within the plate margin.
George Stephenson (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English mechanical engineer who designed a famous and historically important steam-powered locomotive named Rocket and is known as the 'Father of British Steam Railways'. The Victorians considered him a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement, with self-help advocate Samuel Smiles particularly praising his achievements. His rail gauge of 4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm), originally called 'Stephenson gauge', has become the standard gauge for the majority of the world's railways.
[Ref: 946]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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GW: Stephenson Engineer.  [facsimile signature]
GW: Stephenson Engineer. [facsimile signature]
Painted By H. P. Briggs, Esqr: R.A. Engraved By C. Turner, A.R.A.
London, Published for the Proprietor June 7, 1838, by Mr. Turner, 50 , Warren Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. 419 x 313mm. Very mild stain from old mount, crack in platemark, small hole reinforced.
George Stephenson (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English mechanical engineer who designed a famous and historically important steam-powered locomotive named Rocket and is known as the 'Father of British Steam Railways'. The Victorians considered him a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement, with self-help advocate Samuel Smiles particularly praising his achievements. His rail gauge of 4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm), originally called 'Stephenson gauge', has become the standard gauge for the majority of the world's railways.
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Geo Stephenson [facsimile signature].
Geo Stephenson [facsimile signature].
[Painted by J. Lucas. Engraved by T.L. Atkinson.]
[Published by H. Graves & Co. 1849.]
Mixed method engraving, proof before letters. 810 x 520mm. Light age toning to paper.
Printed on india paper, from a picture belonging to the Institution of Civil Engineers. George Stephenson [1781 - 1848] commenced his working life as a cowherd, later working in coalpits. His mechanical mind was noticed by his employers and by 1812 he was an engine-wright earning 100 pounds a year. In 1813 he was commissioned to design a steam locomotive for the Killingworth wagonway. He was to become instrumental in the construction of many of the English railways, hence his nickname 'the father of railways'.
[Ref: 3966]   £520.00  
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[George Stephenson.]
[George Stephenson.]
[J. Lucas del. T.L. Atkinson sc.]
[n.d., c.1849.]
Mezzotint. Proof before letters impression. Laid, on India paper. Platemark: 815 x 510mm (32 x 20"). Small tears to lower edge of sheet in margin.
A largely self-educated man, George Stephenson's (1781-1848) early working life was spent as a brakesman and in collieries maintaining stationary engines. His mechanical mind was noticed by his employers, and by 1812 he was an engine-wright earning 100 pounds a year. In 1813 he was commissioned to design his first steam locomotive, 'Blucher', for the Killingworth Colliery in Tyne and Wear. Later, he became the engineer for the Stockton & Darlington Railway (1825), and the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (1829). He advised on the construction of many of the English railways and the Belgian State Railway (1835), hence his nickname 'the father of railways'.
Ex collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 39247]   £480.00  
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[Robert Stephenson].
[Robert Stephenson].
[Engraved by F. Holl].
[n.d. c.1860].
Stipple engraving, proof before letters. Sheet 443 x 348mm.
Robert Stephenson FRS [1803 - 1859], civil engineer. He was the only son of George Stephenson, the famed railway and locomotive engineer; many of the achievements popularly credited to his father were actually joint efforts of father and son. After the crayon drawing by G. Richmond.
W: 2824.
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[Robert Stephenson, Esq.re M.P.]
[Robert Stephenson, Esq.re M.P.]
Painted by John Lucas. Engraved by Sam.l Bellin.
[Henry Graves & Co., 1853.]
Mezzotint on india, proof before facsimile signature and title. 785 x 500mm. Printsellers' blindstamp. Some staining of edges.
Robert Stephenson FRS, 1803-1859, designer of the 'Rocket' steam engine (1829), Chief Engineer for the London and Birmingham Railway (1833-1838), Chief Engineer of the Britannia Bridge (1845).
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 3968]   £650.00  
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Robert Stephenson Esq.re
Robert Stephenson Esq.re
Painted by John Lucas. Engraved by J.R. Jackson.
London Published March 1.st 1846, by Henry Graves & Co. Printsellers to The Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert, 6. Pall Mall.
Mezzotint, india-proof Visible image area 540 x 400mm. 21¼ x 15¾". Tears and missing sections of outer margins.
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was an English civil engineer and the only son of George Stephenson. Similar to his father's lifetime of work, he spent his early years working in locomotive construction and railway engineering, however he was known also for his bridge building. He was responsible for many of the bridges in the United Kingdom, including the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait.
NPG: D9168.
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Jebediah Strutt Esquire. (late of Derby.)
Jebediah Strutt Esquire. (late of Derby.) The Eminent Inventor of the Important Machine Called the Derby Rib Stocking Frame, To William Strutt Esq.re St. Helen's House Derby. This plate is most respectfully dedicated by his obliged Humble Servant Stephen Glover the Publisher.
Drawn by O. Oakley from a Painting by J. Wright R.A. Engraved by H. Meyer No. 3 Red Lion Square [c.1800]
Fine stipple engraving on india, platemark 225 x 150mm (9 x 6") very large margins.
Jebediah Strutt (1726-97), Derbyshire inventor and cotton manufacturer. Strutt got involved in the hosiery business in the 1750s and by the decade's end he had obtained a patent for his 'Derby rib machine'. He was in partnership for a time with another major manufacturer in the area, Richard Arkwright (see ref. 41078). Strutt's cotton empire was centred around his model communities at Belper and Milford, and a calico factory at Derby. Engraving after the portrait of c.1790 by Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby Museum and Art Gallery). Benedict Nicolson, in his monograph on Wright, sets out the ambiguities in what he calls Wright's 'marvellous portrait': 'The portrait belongs to a late phase in the sitter's life when the struggle for power was over, but when long habits of discipline were too deeply engrained to allow the fruits of power to be plucked. It appears from letters to his wife and family that Strutt had a streak of melancholy even when the struggle was at its height; that he took an intellectual's delight in standing back and surveying from outside his own role in the struggle, intrigued (as men of action are not supposed to be) by evidence of weakness in himself, concerned with the moral implications in big business'.
Nicolson, 'Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light' (1968), vol. 1, p.63. For Nicolson's monograph see ref. 27349.
[Ref: 41077]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Taylor. Esqr. F.R.S. & c. & c. & c. .]
[John Taylor. Esqr. F.R.S. & c. & c. & c. .]
[Painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA. Engraved by Charles Turner ARA.]
[London Published January 17, 1831 By Mt. Turner, 50, Warren Street Fitsroy Square.
Mezzotint. Proof before letters. 502 x 349mm. 19¾" x 13¾".
John Taylor (1779-1863) was an English a land surveyor and civil engineer. Taylor's best known project was the engineering of the Tavistock Canal. Taylor was born in Norwich, England and showed an interest in mining at a young age; in 1798, at only 19 years of age, Taylor became the manager of The Wheal Friendship Mine, which was the worlds largest copper mine. He was also responsible for building the Redruth and Chasewater Railway in 1824.
Whitman:553
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T. Telford Esqr  [ink mss.]
T. Telford Esqr [ink mss.]
[William Anderson.]
[n.d., c.1820s.]
Medallion portrait in pen & ink, inscription around circumference. Sheet diameter 95mm, 3¾". Smudge; glued to album page.
Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) was a stonemason, architect and civil engineer and a noted road, bridge and canal builder.
From an album titled 'Scraps and Sketches of the Late William Anderson Esqr/ collected by his Schoolfellow & Friend William Naylor.'
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Thos. Telford, Esq. F.R.S.L.&E.
Thos. Telford, Esq. F.R.S.L.&E. To the Vice Presidents, Members, & Associates of the Incorporated Institution of Civil Engineers. This Print of the President from a Painting by S. Lane in their possession is dedicated with permission by their most obedient Servants Edwd. @Turrell & W. Raddon.
Painted by S. Lane. Engraved by W. Raddon.
London Jany. 10, 1831, Published by Edmd. Turrell 46 Clarendon Street, Sommers Town W Raddon, 38 Kidmouth Street Regent Square and by the Sectry. of the Institution of Civil Engineers Buckingham Street Strand.
Engraving on india paper, title in open letters, rare. Image 335 x 270mm, 13¼ x 10½". Trimmed to plate; laid to card, some repairs and discolouration to the paper.
Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834), civil engineer, seated and looking away to right, with left hand on papers and charts on a round table beside him, right hand on the arm of his chair, holding spectacles; a view of the Pontcysylte Aqueduct in the background to left. Telford designed and built numerous canals, bridges, roads and harbours throughout Britain. His greatest engineering achievements include the Caledonian Canal and the Menai Bridge. He was a close friend of Thomas Campbell and Robert Southey. In 1820, he became the first president of the Engineers' Institute. After Samuel Lane (1780 - 1859).
NPG D1381.
[Ref: 20888]   £230.00  
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[Thomas Tredgold]
[Thomas Tredgold] One Hundred impressions of this engraving of the late Tho.s Tredgold, M.J.C.E. are taken off and presented to eminent men, professors of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, and of Architecture in Great Britain, and is Inscribed to Them by their grateful and humble serv.t John Weale.
[London: John Weale, 1832.]
Engraved portrait with facsimile handwriting, with dedicatory text printed from separate plate on the same sheet of india. Total 360 x 220mm (14¼ x 8¾"). Foxing, mainly to backing sheet.
Thomas Tredgold (1788-1829), engineer and author of, among many others, 'A Practical Treatise on Railroads and Carriages' (1825) and 'The Steam Engine' (1827). The handwriting is advice on how to waterproof a wall. Weale also used this portrait as a frontispiece to his editions of Tredgold's 'Steam Engine'.
O'Donoghue 25 1; BM: 1861,0810.146.
[Ref: 43211]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Ralph Walker.
Ralph Walker.
Eckstien del. Ridley, sculp.t.
Pub by Ja.s Asperne 32, Cornhill Dec.r 1, 1803.
Stipple. 160 x 110mm (6¼ x 4¼") large margins. Edges spotted.
Ralph Walker (1749-1824), Scottish civil engineer. He was appointed resident engineer of the West India Docks in August 1799; engineer to the East India Docks Company (working with John Rennie) in 1803; engineer for the Surrey Commercial Docks Company in 1807; and engineer to the East London Waterworks Company, 1807-24.
[Ref: 43395]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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The Late Coll. Hen.y Watson. Chief Engineer of Bengal.
The Late Coll. Hen.y Watson. Chief Engineer of Bengal.
T. Prattent Sculp.
[n.d. c.800.]
Etching and stipple. 128 x 100mm. 5 x 4". Trimmed and laid on card.
Col. Henry Watson (1737-1786), Chief Engineer to the Company, established Bengal's first dockyard in Khidirpur. He is linked with Fort William and brought about many improvements in Calcutta, including the layout of surrounding Esplanade.
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James Watt [facsimile signature.]
James Watt [facsimile signature.]
E. Finden, sculpt.
[n.d., c.1835.]
Stipple on india laid paper, 280 x 225mm. 11 x 9".
James Watt (1736 - 1819), engineer, a profile view of the sculptured bust by Sir Francis Chantrey (1782 - 1841). A mechanical engineer who trained as a mathematical instrument-maker, James Watt invented the condensing steam-engine in 1765. He took Matthew Boulton as his partner in 1775, and developed an improved version of this engine which revolutionised industry and immortalised Watt's name, inaccurately but effectively, as the 'inventor of the steam-engine'. Inscribed 'Proof' lower left.
Wellcome: 3128-12.
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James Watt Esqre. F.R.S. &c.&c.
James Watt Esqre. F.R.S. &c.&c.
Engraved by J. Thompson from an original Painting by Sir William Beechey R.A.
London, Published for the European Magazine by J. Asperne, 32 Cornhill Novr. 1. 1820.
Stipple, 200 x 130mm. 8 x 5". A good impression with full margins.
Portrait of James Watt (1736 - 1819), engineer. A mechanical engineer who trained as a mathematical instrument-maker, James Watt invented the condensing steam-engine in 1765. He took Matthew Boulton as his partner in 1775, and developed an improved version of this engine which revolutionised industry and immortalised Watt's name, inaccurately but effectively, as the 'inventor of the steam-engine'. For the 'European Magazine' periodical, after Sir William Beechey (1753 - 1839).
Provenance: from the Collection of James Watt Jnr. Wellcome: 3128-3.
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