Professor Joseph Black, 1728 - 1799. Chemist 1787


  • Scottish Art
Son of a Scottish wine merchant, Black was born in Bordeaux and educated in Belfast and Glasgow. Black was a brilliant chemist, he was the first to identify carbon dioxide within air and developed the theories of latent and specific heat, which paved the way for James Watt's improvements to the steam engine. He was a great teacher and active member of intellectual society in Edinburgh; his friends included the philosopher, David Hume and the economist, Adam Smith.


  • Acc. No. PGL 259
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 126.80 x 102.00 cm (framed: 147.80 x 123.60 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit On loan from the Royal Medical Society, Edinburgh