Matthew Boulton

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Matthew Boulton

Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death 18 Aug 1809 (aged 80)
Soho, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Burial Handsworth, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
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Memorial ID 12937245 · View Source
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Manufacturer, Engineer. Improver with James Watt of the steam-engine. He was born in Birmingham where his father was a manufacturer of metal articles of various kinds. To this buisness he succedded on his father's death in 1759. He undertook the reproduction of oil paintings by a mechanical process, as well as the manfacture of artistic objects in metal. He established a strong reputation as a craftsman. His works at Soho, Birmingham were widely known for excellent workmanship. In 1767, Boulton, who was finding the need of improving the power supply for his machinery, made the acquaintance of James Watt, who on his side appreciated the advantages offered by the Soho works for the development of his steam-engine. Boulton and Watt formally entered into partnership, and it was mainly through the energy and self-sacrifice of the former who devoted all the capital he possessed or could borrow to the enterprise, that the steam engine was at length made a commercial success. Boulton was a key member of the Lunar Society where intellectual discussion between Eramus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood and James Watt would convey subjects such as commerce, radical politics, literature and the arts. His home, Soho House, is now a musuem.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Boulton (3 Sep 1728–18 Aug 1809), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12937245, citing St Mary Churchyard, Handsworth, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .