Rare Enamel Piece with Local Links Added to Aberdeen Art Collection


LONDON.- A rare and exquisite portrait made of enamel on copper by Aberdeen-born artist James Cromar Watt has been bought by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums with support from the Art Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions. Portrait of a Young Woman is now on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill. James Cromar Watt (1862 – 1940) was an architect, designer, jeweller and enameller who dedicated his life to the promotion of the arts in the North east of Scotland. The majority of his artistic output is associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Dated 1900, this early enamel portrait is a rare and significant addition to the gallery’s collection. Records show that as Cromar Watt’s career progressed he focused mainly on jewellery and occasionally on commissions for ecclesiastical silver and objects such as boxes. The work depicts a young woman shown in profile against a light blue background, a rose bush i