The Hunterian Museum with the Statue of James Watt by Wallace Stewart

This painting represents the interior of William Stark's demolished Hunterian Museum, named after Dr William Hunter (1718-83) who bequeathed a wide range of material including works of art to the University.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
54 x 46 cm
Art Fund grant:
£871 ( Total: £1,986)
Acquired in:
1988
Vendor:
Fine Art Society

The Museum was opened in 1807 in Stark's fine Neo-classical temple. The present Hunterian Museum contains the statue of Watt by Chantrey, the Newcomen Engine as modified by Watt and the early 19th-century chairs to be seen in the picture. This is also a highly interesting genre painting in representing two artisans admiring Chantrey's statue and studying the origin of Watt's most significant invention.

Provenance

Fine Art Society.

Venue details

Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, GLASGOW Strathclyde G12 8QQ 0141 330 4221 www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian

Entry details

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