John Joseph Merlin, The Celebrated Mechanic.
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.
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