James Watt and the Steam Engine Mezzotint engraving by James Scott after the painting by J E Lauder, 1860In this romantic reimagining, Watt is shown as a 'philosopher' rather than an engineer. He is solving the riddle of the steam engine by measurement and the power of thought. His intense concentration and the glancing light recall earlier studies of Enlightenment philosophers by Joseph Wright of Derby, such as An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump and The Orrery .
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