William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong
William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong

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An original work was commissioned by members of the Society after a resolution of February 1860 to raise subscriptions for a bust of their new President. The current bust is a copy, also by Munro, which was donated by Vickers Armstrong and replaces the damaged original. Born in Shieldfield, William Armstrong received a private education intended to prepare him for a career in law. He practised as a solicitor until the age of 36, but even as a boy had been attracted to engineering. In 1845 he gave a series of three lectures to The Literary & Philosophical Society on 'The Employment of a Column of Water as a Motive Power for Propelling Machinery'. In 1846 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1847 he opened business as W. G. Armstrong & Company, producing hydraulic cranes and subsequently also armaments and warships.

The Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne


William George (1810–1900), Lord Armstrong






H 65 x W 38 x D 20 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Vickers Armstrong

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on reverse: ALEX MUNRO. SC.


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