A View of the Birthplace of Robert Fulton


A View of the Birthplace of Robert Fulton


John H. Sherwin
American, 1834–after 1900
Published by L. N. Rosenthal, Philadelphia




Robert Fulton was born in Little Britain, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1765. As a young man, he was apprenticed to a jeweler in Philadelphia, but he developed an interest in painting and, at the age of twenty-two, went to London to study under Benjamin West. There he became acquainted with the Duke of Bridgewater, Earl Stanhope, and James Watt, engineers and scientists, and began studying with them.

Upon his return to the United States, Fulton experimented with submarine explosives and built the first steamboat, the “Clermont,” with Robert Livingston. In 1814 he constructed the first steam warship, the “Fulton.” Among his other inventions were machines for spinning flax, making rope, and sawing and polishing marble.

Adapted from the entry written by Judith Hansen O’Toole for the 1980 Pennsylvania Prints exhibition catalogue.


Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Partial gift and purchase from John C. O’Connor and Ralph M. Yeager




John C. O'Connor and Ralph M. Yeager Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University


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Color lithograph with additional hand coloring; 18-15/16 x 23-5/16 in. (46.5 x 59.2 cm)


United States, Pennsylvania, Lancaster (county), Little Britain