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James Watt is the pre-eminent Scottish maritime artist of the twentieth century and the River Clyde is his muse. We present this to compliment our current exhibition of his work to celebrate his 90th birthday, The Lost Clyde.


Born in Port Glasgow, James Watt studied at The Glasgow School of Art and has dedicated his life to recording the remarkable River Clyde and its industries. From charting the mid-twentieth century highs to the more recent lows, his work forms both a highly personal and irreplaceable historic archive of a river whose industries helped shape the modern world and personifies the notion of the artist as the ‘chronicler of change’.

Artists featured in this Curation: James Watt (b.1931)
15 artworks
Sandgrab
© the artist. Photo credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council (Stranraer)

Sandgrab 1969

James Watt (b.1931)

Acrylic on canvas

H 70 x W 94.3 cm

Dumfries and Galloway Council (Stranraer)

Sandgrabs
© the artist. Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

Sandgrabs c.1975

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 91 x W 122 cm

Scottish Maritime Museum

Ship
© the artist. Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

Ship

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 35.5 x W 50.5 cm

Glasgow Museums

Harbour Scene
© the artist. Photo credit: Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Renfrewshire Council Collections

Harbour Scene

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 54 x W 90 cm

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Renfrewshire Council Collections

East India Extending
© the artist. Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

East India Extending 1972

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 76 x W 102 cm

Scottish Maritime Museum

‘Portway’, Victoria Harbour
© the artist. Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

‘Portway’, Victoria Harbour c.1965

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 127 cm

Scottish Maritime Museum

Crinan Basin
© the artist. Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

Crinan Basin c.1980

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 56 x W 76 cm

Scottish Maritime Museum

Three Puffers, Greenock
© the artist. Photo credit: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Three Puffers, Greenock

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 40.7 x W 91.8 cm

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Old Barge, Crinan Canal
© the artist. Photo credit: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Old Barge, Crinan Canal

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 46.2 x W 101.8 cm

Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Landscape
© the artist. Photo credit: Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Renfrewshire Council Collections

Landscape

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 39 x W 90 cm

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Renfrewshire Council Collections

Reaper, Anstruther II
© the artist. Photo credit: University of Strathclyde

Reaper, Anstruther II

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 100 x W 108.5 cm

University of Strathclyde

Greenock
© the artist. Photo credit: McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

Greenock 1981

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 36 x W 51 cm

McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

Victoria Harbour, Greenock
© the artist. Photo credit: McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

Victoria Harbour, Greenock

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 56 x W 92 cm

McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

Greenock
© the artist. Photo credit: McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

Greenock 1970–1980

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 90 x W 120.3 cm

McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

East India Sunday
© the artist. Photo credit: McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

East India Sunday c.1965

James Watt (b.1931)

Oil on canvas

H 40 x W 101 cm

McLean Museum and Art Gallery – Inverclyde Council

JW_1_jpg
Photo credit: The Watt Institution

"Greenock" by John Davidson (1857-1909)

Poem chosen by James Watt for Lost Clyde exhibition