Japanese educational coloured woodblock print (Kyoiku Nishiki-e), 1873James Watt became an international figure. His early work experimenting with steam kettles became almost a parable in Victorian Britain, and its significance spread throughout the world. This print showing Watt and the kettle was produced by the Japanese Ministry of Education for primary schools as encouragement for future engineers. It reads: 'In the process of his experiments leading to the invention of a steam engine, the Briton James Watt used a spoon to collect the droplets coming from the spout of a boiling tea kettle. His aunt told him he was wasting his time, but he ultimately succeeded in inventing a steam engine and went on to many other accomplishments.'