Watt, Smith and Adam to feature in exhibition

Key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment - including inventor James Watt, economist Adam Smith and architect Robert Adam - will feature in a new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. "Northern Lights" will highlight the amazing achievements of a "diverse" array of key players in the 18th century. The Scotsman reports that … Continue reading Watt, Smith and Adam to feature in exhibition

The ‘defining image’ of James Watt – on show in 2019

It's been described as the "defining image" of inventor James Watt. "James Watt and the Steam Engine: the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century", by James Eckford Lauder (NG 2435), will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh in July 2019. The painting has been described as the "world's largest … Continue reading The ‘defining image’ of James Watt – on show in 2019

James Watt at the National Mining Museum Scotland

Inventor James Watt worked on developing the steam engine to support the mining industry. Watt gained early support from industrialist Dr John Roebuck, who was leasing pits around Bo'ness in central Scotland in the 18th century. Roebuck hoped Watt could improve the steam engine to reduce flooding in his pits. Sadly Watt's breakthrough improvements came … Continue reading James Watt at the National Mining Museum Scotland

James Watt at National Galleries of Scotland

Art lovers can come face-to-face with inventor James Watt through the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. You can view online images from the NGS collection here. We asked Helen Smailes, Senior Curator of British Art (Paintings and Sculpture), at NGS to pick out some of her highlights. The bust She started by talking about a … Continue reading James Watt at National Galleries of Scotland