Matthew Boulton: Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment

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Routledge, 13.05.2016 - 312 Seiten
Matthew Boulton was a leading industrialist, entrepreneur and Enlightenment figure. Often overshadowed through his association with James Watt, his Soho manufactories put Birmingham at the centre of what has recently been termed 'The Industrial Enlightenment'. Exploring his many activities and manufactures-and the regional, national and international context in which he operated-this publication provides a valuable index to the current state of Boulton studies. Combining original contributions from social, economic, and cultural historians, with those of historians of science, technology and art, archaeologists and heritage professionals, the book sheds new light on the general culture of the eighteenth century, including patterns of work, production and consumption of the products of art and industry. The book also extends and enhances knowledge of the Enlightenment, industrialization and the processes of globalization in the eighteenth century.
 

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Matthew Boulton Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment
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2 Matthew Boulton Birmingham and the Enlightenment
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3 Matthew Boulton Innovator
33
4 Was Matthew Boulton a Scientist? Operating between the Abstract and the Entrepreneurial
51
5 The Origins of the Soho Manufactory and its Layout
67
The Birth of the Improved Steam Engine
85
7 Matthew Boultons Copper
101
8 The Mechanical Paintings of Matthew Boulton and Francis Eginton
111
Matthew Boulton and the Leading Hands of Boulton and Watt
163
12 Workers at the Soho Mint 17881809
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Innovative Networks and Merchant Enlightenment
199
Two Faces of the Enlightenment
215
Portrait Prints of Matthew Boulton
231
Ceremony Controversy and Commemoration
247
Appendix
267
Select Bibliography
273

9 Samuel Garbett and Early Boulton and Fothergill Assay Silver
127
Matthew Boulton and the Battle for The Birmingham Assay Office
147

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Professor Kenneth Quickenden is Research Professor at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University. Dr Sally Baggott was Librarian and Curator at The Birmingham Assay Office and is now Research Facilitator, College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham. Dr Malcolm Dick is Director of the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham.

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