Plaster cast, profile bust

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
James Watt

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Group shot clockwise from top, 1926-1075/57, Plaster cast, oval 3 3/4" x 2 7/8" 1926-1075/63, Plaster cast of Dr
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Plaster cast, oval 3 3/4" x 2 7/8". Overhead view of whole object against black background.
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Plaster casts of Joseph Black. From left to right: 1926-1075/59; 1926-1075/57; 1926-1075/55. Top view, dark grey
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Plaster cast, oval 3 3/4" x 2 7/8". Inscribed Joseph Black, 1788.

This item is part of the sculpture collection built by Scottish engineer James Watt, and which was kept for a long time in his garret workshop at his home, Heathfield, in Handsworth, Birmingham. The two most prominent objects in the workshop are a pair of sculpture copying machines dating to 1804-1809, one for producing reduced-sized and the other for equal-size copies. Building and using them was the main project that Watt undertook in the workshop. However, they built on his interest in sculpture which stretched back into the 1790s. Watt purchased items and then multiplied them in the workshop, making copies with his machines in different materials as well as taking casts using plaster. The project was a fitting end to Watt’s career, continuing his interest in precision manufacture and multiplying images of himself, his associates and many other subjects in a way which combined art and industry, precision manufacture and often inspiration from antiquity.

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Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1926-1075/59
type:
plaster cast
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt

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