Matthew Boulton and the Art of Making Money
Ed. Richard Clay and Sue Tungate
- Price: £9.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858584508
- Availability: In Stock
This publication accompanies an exhibition
held at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts to mark the bicentenary of Matthew
Boulton’s death (1728-1809). Boulton was an internationally significant
industrialist whose introduction of innovative minting practices helped
accelerate the growth of modern cash economies world-wide.
At the Soho Manufactory, just outside
Birmingham, Boulton established an international team of engineers and artists
who designed, produced, and distributed nearly 600 million coins between 1787
and 1809. This book explores how and why the Soho Mint made high quality images
available to such vast national and international audiences and, in the
process, briefly rendered Birmingham ‘the art capital of the world’.
Boulton was a prominent intellectual, a valued civic leader, and played a key role in developing the steam engines that powered industrialisation. But, his proudest achievement was the way in which the art of making money was mastered at the Soho Mint.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|