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Breaking with the tradition of most families in the area, James Watt did not follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into the shipyards, instead he enrolled to study at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the industrial scenes of his hometown, he spent most of his time capturing the many ships, tugs, puffers, steamers, coal chutes, dry docks and cranes that filled East India harbour and Victoria harbour right next door.
Scottish Maritime Museum
oil on canvas
H 51 x W 127 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2016