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James Watt

James Watt, by Peter Rouw, 1802 -NPG 183 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

James Watt

by Peter Rouw
3 3/4 in. (95 mm) diameter
NPG 183

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Incised on the truncation P. Rouw/Lo.. 1802; labels formerly verso: A Portrait of/James Watt Eq../Soho/Peter Rouw/Sculptor/Portland R../London and: A Portrait of/J. Watt Esqr/by Peter Rouw/Sculptor/Portland Road/London/1802.

This portraitback to top

Similar medallions dated 1803 are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A.27.1941), the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (CM.147.1985) and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. [1]

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1) See H. W. Dickinson & R. Jenkins, James Watt and the Steam Engine, 1927, p 83. Another dated 1804 was lent by Mrs Bate to the Watt Bicentenary, Science Museum, London, 1936 (14).

Provenanceback to top

Purchased from Samuel Pope 1864.

Exhibitionsback to top

Regency Portraits, Kenwood, 1986.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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