James Watt

Made:
1856 in United Kingdom
artist:
Abraham Wivell
maker:
William Beechey
Painting, James Watt / by Abraham Wivell (fl. 1850-1865), 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm. Painting, James Watt / by Abraham Wivell (fl. 1850-1865), 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm.

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Painting, James Watt / by Abraham Wivell (fl. 1850-1865), 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Painting, James Watt / by Abraham Wivell (fl. 1850-1865), 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Portrait oil painting, of Watt James (1736-1819) ,Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the Industrial Revolution, by Wivell Abraham junior, 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm. After an original of 1801 by Sir W. Beechey, R.A. in the Birmingham Art Gallery. Signed and dated bottom left. Portrait, HS.

This portrait formed part of the Bennet Woodcroft Bequest, which was among the founding collections of the Science Museum. Woodcroft had developed a 'National Gallery of Portraits of Inventors, Discoverers and Introducers of the Useful Arts’ combining gifts, loans and purchases of portraits, while acting as the first curator of the Patent Museum.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1857-307
Materials:
gilt and oil paint on canvas
Measurements:
frame: 980 mm x 860 mm x 85 mm,
Image: 760 mm x 640 mm
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Woodcroft Collection