Beechey surpassed himself in his superb portrait of James Watt. The picture is a simple half-length that shows the sitter as an old man dressed in black and lost in thought. We can see in it the qualities Jeffrey describes, a man with a formidable intellect, tempered by kindness, the habit of reflection and by his natural modesty.
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