The Birth-Place of the Locomotive. Killingworth Colliery.
London, Published August 30th 1862 by Henry Graves and Co, The Proprietors, Publishers to the Queen _ 6 Pall Mall.
Stipple & engraving. 780 x 650mm, 30¾ x 25½". Contemporary frame. Some burn from backboard. Unexamined out of frame.
A group of villagers outside 'Sundial Cottage', George Stephenson's home at Killingworth Colliery, where he built his first steam locomotive, the 'Blücher', in 1814. A basic locomotive can be seen outside the cottage, and a more advanced model crosses the stone bridge in the far background, representing the North-Eastern Line to Scotland. The group is discussing Stephenson: one woman reads the 'London Journal', containing Stephenson's portrait and a man holds a 'Geordie' lamp, Stephenson's safety-lamp for miners. Derived from a diminutive form of the inventor's name, it is said that the name lead to Tyneside miners also being called Geordies.
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