Portrait of James Watt by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Three quarter length portrait of James Watt (1736-1819) seated in a dark green coat and waistcoat beside a table with his right hand resting on some papers.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
142.3 x 111.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£67,200 ( Total: £302,200; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2006
Vendor:
Christie's

Until now, Birmingham had no portrait of one of its most famous residents. Watts together with his partner Matthew Boulton had a long and very significant association with Birmingham. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

James Watt; James Watt Junior; Matthew Piers Robinson Boulton; by descent to vendor.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 348 8000 www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

Entry details

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