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Charles Sells

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1859. Improvements in steam engines.

Charles Sells (1821-1900)

1821 April 22nd. Born in Southwark the son of Edward Perronet Sells and his wife Frances De Grave (and grandson of Charles De Grave and his wife Mary De Grave)

Engineer of Stockwell.

Worked for Maudslay, Sons and Field.

1900 Obituary.[1]

"...of the pioneer engineers of the nineteenth century. His death will be regretted by a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.

In 1837 he entered the establishment of Messrs. Maudslay, Sons and Field as a pupil, and steadily rose in the estimation of the partners, who were not slow to recognise talent. In 1847 he became head of the drawing office, and for many years he had sole charge of the designing department of the works.

During all this time the firm were in the very zenith of their fame. The list of the work for the designing of which Mr. Sells was responsible would fill columns of The Engineer. He was the..." [More].

1900 Obituary.[2]

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