Geo Stephenson [facsimile signature].
[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'.
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