The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is hosting a free lunchtime talk on at aesthetics of James Watt’s technical drawings.

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 12.45 p.m.

Helen Smailes from National Galleries of Scotland says: “The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the venue for this event, holds important portraits of Watt – some of which are featured in recorded interviews on the Watt website.

“He is also prominently represented in the processional frieze of great historic Scots in the magnificent central hall of the Portrait Gallery.”

Full details about the talk are listed below . . .

Name of event: Lunchtime talk by Dr Frances Robertson of Glasgow School of Art on the aesthetics of Watt’s technical drawings. Title to be confirmed.

Summary: The event has been organised by the National Galleries of Scotland’s Education Department, with a general audience in mind. It’s part of the events to mark the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death.

Website: Visit the Portrait Gallery website here

Date of event: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Start and finish times/admission times: The talk is due to run from 12.45 p.m. to 1.15 p.m. There is expected to be time for questions afterwards.

Location: Scottish National Portrait Gallery (central hall, ground floor), 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD.

Admission: Free.

Tickets (if you need to get tickets in advance or just turn up): Turn up – but seating may be limited. Advisable to check nearer the time with the National Galleries Education Department. The organiser is Grainne Rice, Adult Programme Co-ordinator, based at the Portrait Gallery (telephone 0131 624 6429 / email:

Access to venue: The Portrait Gallery is an accessible venue with ramped access. Edinburgh Bus Station and a tram stop at St. Andrews Square are both just a few minutes’ walk away. The Gallery is also a 10-minute walk from Waverley Rail Station. For more information see

Any additional relevant information: The talk is expected to be highlighted in the  National Galleries printed What’s On brochure and online at

Organisers: National Galleries Education Department (Grainne Rice, Adult Programme Coordinator)

Discover more about James Watt at the Portrait Gallery on this website.