The world’s first automaton doll!

This incredibly complex piece of machinery, designed in the 1770s, is known simply as “The Writing Boy”.

It was designed and built by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, with the help of his son Henri-Louis and Jean-Frédéric Leschot.

The “boy” is barefoot and holds a quill pen in his hand. Inside the doll, however, is a true marvel of engineering: 6,000 moving parts power a writing mechanism.

The first thing he wrote was: “My inventor is Jaquet-Droz.

The first presentation took place in Paris in 1774 and caused great astonishment at the court of King Louis XVI.


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