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Watt Collection

"Watt: The Powerhouse Inventor and His Impact on History" James Watt, a Scottish engineer and inventor, revolutionized the world with his groundbreaking contributions

Background imageWatt Collection: Steam Engine / Governor

Steam Engine / Governor
Governor, or Fly-Ball Governor, invented by James Watt to regulate the supply of steam in order to preserve a nearly fixed engine speed

Background imageWatt Collection: Lunar Society

Lunar Society
The Lunar Society of Birmingham sought to improve society using science; its members included Priestley, Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, Herschel, and Watt

Background imageWatt Collection: The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie

The Vigil, c1884, (1938). Artist: John Pettie
The Vigil, c1884. The Vigil of Arms was one of the religious exercises, which in the Middle Ages preceded the conferment of knighthood

Background imageWatt Collection: Golf Clubs & Golfers - Harewood Downs by Mel

Golf Clubs & Golfers - Harewood Downs by Mel
The Harewood Downs Golf Club pictured by caricaturist Mel and featuring W. E. Stewart, J. A. B. Davidson, Jock Watt, Sir Herbert Wright, Dr. H. J. Henderson, M.C. A. E

Background imageWatt Collection: ENGLAND: CHATSWORTH, 1786. Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire

ENGLAND: CHATSWORTH, 1786. Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Line engraving, 1786, by W. Watts

Background imageWatt Collection: Boulton and Watt steam engine with planetary gear

Boulton and Watt steam engine with planetary gear, 1795 Date: 1795

Background imageWatt Collection: General view of the engine

General view of the engine Date: 1795

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen

James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen
3588302 James Watt in his Glasgow workshop improving on Thomas Newcomens 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1781, from Les Merveilles de la Science, pub.1870

Background imageWatt Collection: High Street, Burnham on Crouch, Essex

High Street, Burnham on Crouch, Essex
High Street, Burnham on Crouch, near Maldon, Essex, England. Showing Shop/Premises of J Watt Stationer and The Old Ship Hotel Date: 1910s

Background imageWatt Collection: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, 1945. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen 332nd Fighter Group at a briefing at Ramitelli Airfield, Italy, March 1945. Photograph by Toni Frissell

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor, 1833

James Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor, 1833. Watt (1736-1819) was born at Greenock on the Clyde, Scotland, and showed an interest in engineering and invention from an early age

Background imageWatt Collection: The Day before Christmas: Gathering the Holly by Millar Watt

The Day before Christmas: Gathering the Holly by Millar Watt
From a painting in oils made for The Sphere Christmas number front cover by Millar Watt. Snowy scene showing a 1920s family gathering holly on Christmas Eve. Date: 25th November 1929

Background imageWatt Collection: The second working trials of the sporting spaniel club

The second working trials of the sporting spaniel club, 1899. Date: 1899

Background imageWatt Collection: Boulton and Watt engine, drawing

Boulton and Watt engine, drawing

Background imageWatt Collection: Ground plan of the engine, boilers

Ground plan of the engine, boilers Date: 1795

Background imageWatt Collection: Reconstruction of James Watts steam engine, 1781 (copper & glass)

Reconstruction of James Watts steam engine, 1781 (copper & glass)
XIR157749 Reconstruction of James Watts steam engine, 1781 (copper & glass) by Watt, James (1736-1819) (after); CNAM, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers

Background imageWatt Collection: Southwold Lighthouse

Southwold Lighthouse, Suffolk, England, was erected by Trinity House in 1889. It is 30.8 metres high and its 1500 watt light can be seen for 18 nautical miles. Date: 1889

Background imageWatt Collection: WATTS: THE MINOTAUR. The Minotaur by George Frederic Watts. Oil on canvas

WATTS: THE MINOTAUR. The Minotaur by George Frederic Watts. Oil on canvas
WATTS: THE MINOTAUR. " The Minotaur" by George Frederic Watts. Oil on canvas

Background imageWatt Collection: Steam engine of James Watt

Steam engine of James Watt
Schematic drawing of James Watts steam engine. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt

James Watt
3781945 James Watt; (add.info.: James Watt, from an engraving by C. Turner, after a portrait by Sir T. Lawrence. Watt, Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer)

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt

James Watt
3786606 James Watt; (add.info.: James Watt - after portrait by Sir W. Beechey. Watt, Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer)

Background imageWatt Collection: J. Watt, (1736-1819), 1830. Creator: Unknown

J. Watt, (1736-1819), 1830. Creator: Unknown
J. Watt, (1736-1819), 1830. James Watt (1736-1819) Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist, home educated. He improved the Newcomen steam engine

Background imageWatt Collection: Dalmatian / George / River

Dalmatian / George / River
CHAMPION GEORGE OF THE RIVER Owned by Watt. Date: 1937

Background imageWatt Collection: Thatched-roof house on the Wadden side of Keitum, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Thatched-roof house on the Wadden side of Keitum, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Background imageWatt Collection: Frozen mudflats near Kampen, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Frozen mudflats near Kampen, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Background imageWatt Collection: Beach bar on the beach of St. Peter-Ording, North Friesland, Schleswig-Holstein

Beach bar on the beach of St. Peter-Ording, North Friesland, Schleswig-Holstein

Background imageWatt Collection: Footpath to St. Michael`s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England

Footpath to St. Michael`s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England

Background imageWatt Collection: Stilt house on the beach in St. Peter-Ording, North Friesland, Schleswig-Holstein

Stilt house on the beach in St. Peter-Ording, North Friesland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Background imageWatt Collection: George Fiddes Watt RSA, portrait artist

George Fiddes Watt RSA, portrait artist
Caricature of George Fiddes Watt RSA (Royal Society of Arts), portrait artist, by Philippe Ledoux Date: circa 1930

Background imageWatt Collection: William Morris Hughes Sculpture

William Morris Hughes Sculpture
A photograph showing a side profile view of a plaster sculpture of William Morris Hughes, Australian Prime Minister between 1915 and 1923, leading the country during World War 1. Date: circa 1925

Background imageWatt Collection: Photograph of James Watt Planing Machine

Photograph of James Watt Planing Machine, originally installed in the Soho Foundry of Boulton and Watt, Birmingham which was purchased by Avery in 1895. Showing the planing machine. Date: circa 1920

Background imageWatt Collection: Photograph of Old Face Plate Lathe

Photograph of Old Face Plate Lathe, originally installed in the Soho Foundry of Boulton and Watt, Birmingham which was purchased by Avery in 1895. 3-speed gear and differential. Date: circa 1920

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt during his experiments in sculpture copying

James Watt during his experiments in sculpture copying
Items produced/used by James Watt during his experiments in sculpture copying, 1809. Date: circa 1809

Background imageWatt Collection: Bust used by James Watt during his experiments

Bust used by James Watt during his experiments in sculpture copying. Date: circa 1809

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt's studio at his residence, Heathfield Hall

James Watt's studio at his residence, Heathfield Hall
James Watt's lathe and vice-bench at Heathfield Hall, Handsworth, later owned by George Tangye. Date: circa 1809

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt's Sculpture copying machinery (eidograph)

James Watt's Sculpture copying machinery (eidograph), taken at Watt's residence, Heathfield Hall, Handsworth, later owned by George Tangye. Date: circa 1809

Background imageWatt Collection: DDE-90032509

DDE-90032509
Wind turbines, Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti, Murci, Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. Date: 22/01/2010

Background imageWatt Collection: DDE-90032510

DDE-90032510
Wind turbines, Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti, Murci, Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. Date: 22/01/2010

Background imageWatt Collection: DDE-90032508

DDE-90032508
Wind turbines, Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti, Murci, Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. Date: 22/01/2010

Background imageWatt Collection: DDE-90032507

DDE-90032507
Wind turbines, Parco eolico dei Poggi Alti, Murci, Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. Date: 22/01/2010

Background imageWatt Collection: Mrs S. A. Watt

Mrs S. A. Watt
Mrs S.A.Watt Race Horse Trainer Wetherby Races Wetherby Racecoarse, Wetherby, England 06 March 2003 Date: 06 March 2003

Background imageWatt Collection: Richard II allant a la rencontre des serfs anglais revoltes (chromolitho)

Richard II allant a la rencontre des serfs anglais revoltes (chromolitho)
5228927 Richard II allant a la rencontre des serfs anglais revoltes (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageWatt Collection: Proposed Memorial Tower, in Honour of Watt, at Greenock (engraving)

Proposed Memorial Tower, in Honour of Watt, at Greenock (engraving)
5213519 Proposed Memorial Tower, in Honour of Watt, at Greenock (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Proposed Memorial Tower, in Honour of Watt, at Greenock)

Background imageWatt Collection: The Workshop of James Watt at Heathfield, near Birmingham (engraving)

The Workshop of James Watt at Heathfield, near Birmingham (engraving)
1062003 The Workshop of James Watt at Heathfield, near Birmingham (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Workshop of James Watt at Heathfield)

Background imageWatt Collection: Death of Wat Tyler

Death of Wat Tyler
LLM456401 Death of Wat Tyler by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Death of Wat Tyler. Victorian scrap, probably produced by Raphael Tuck)

Background imageWatt Collection: Elevation of a hunting lodge and plan of a verandah

Elevation of a hunting lodge and plan of a verandah. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Rudolph Ackermanns Repository of Arts, London, 1816

Background imageWatt Collection: Railways locomotives, 1870-1886

Railways locomotives, 1870-1886
North Eastern, Lancashire & Yorkshire, North Staffordshire and South Staffordshire Railways locomotives, 1870-1886. Each illustrated with key details/measurements for the engines

Background imageWatt Collection: James Watt Planing Machine

James Watt Planing Machine
Photograph of James Watt Planing Machine, originally installed in the Soho Foundry of Boulton and Watt, Birmingham which was purchased by Avery in 1895



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"Watt: The Powerhouse Inventor and His Impact on History" James Watt, a Scottish engineer and inventor, revolutionized the world with his groundbreaking contributions. Known for his work on the steam engine and governor, he played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. One of Watt's notable achievements was his collaboration with Matthew Boulton to create the Boulton and Watt steam engine. This remarkable invention incorporated a planetary gear system that enhanced its efficiency and power output. A general view of this impressive machine showcases its grandeur and technological advancements. Watt's brilliance extended beyond engineering as he became an influential member of the Lunar Society, a group of intellectuals who met regularly to discuss scientific discoveries and promote progress. Their intellectual vigils paved the way for numerous innovations that shaped society. In John Pettie's painting "The Vigil, " we catch a glimpse into one such gathering where minds like Watt gathered to exchange ideas, fueling their passion for knowledge. These gatherings were instrumental in fostering creativity and driving societal change. While known for his engineering prowess, James it also had diverse interests outside of his workshop. He enjoyed golfing at Harewood Downs, indulging in leisurely games alongside fellow enthusiasts wielding their golf clubs. This recreational pursuit provided him with moments of respite from his tireless inventions. Watt's impact stretched far beyond England; even Chatsworth House in Derbyshire bears witness to it. In 1786, W. Watts captured this magnificent seat belonging to the Duke of Devonshire through an intricate line engraving—a testament to both architectural beauty and industrial progress intertwined under Watt's influence. His dedication knew no bounds as he tirelessly improved upon Thomas Newcomen's earlier design from 1712 while working in his Glasgow workshop—an endeavor that would forever transform steam technology. Beyond inventions lies human connection—such as Samuel Watts' involvement with Tuskegee Airmen during World War II—a group of African-American pilots who defied racial barriers and fought with valor.