In this mezzotint print James Watt sits in a small dark room, and he holds dividers on a table to the left of the composition. However, Watt has just turned in his chair to look over his shoulder at a pan of water issuing clouds of steam and working a piston set above it from the released pressure. An archway is behind the scene. The print is based on a famous painting by James Eckford Lauder at the Scottish National Gallery.


  • Title: James Watt and the Steam Engine
  • Creator: James Scott (ca. 1809–ca. 1889) after James Eckford Lauder (1811–1869)
  • Date Created: 1860
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our digital collections
  • Medium: Mezzotint on paper

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