Writing made by automaton

Henri Maillardet1825/1835

Science Museum

Science Museum
London, United Kingdom

Pen and ink automatic writing on oval sheet of paper, created by an automaton known as ‘The Draughtsman-Writer’, made by the Swiss mechanician Henri Maillardet.

It reads: ‘Unerring is my hand tho’ small / May I not add with truth / I do my best to please you all; / Encourage then my Youth.’


  • Title: Writing made by automaton
  • Creator: Henri Maillardet
  • Date Created: 1825/1835
  • Location Created: Europe
  • Rights: © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, Science Museum Group Collection, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

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