Plaster cast of Egyptian head

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
James Watt
Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast 1 Plaster cast of Egyptian head 3 1/4" xx 1 5/8.  Front view of whole object against graduated grey background. 1 Plaster cast of Egyptian head 3 1/4" xx 1 5/8.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated dark grey background.

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Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast
Science Museum Group Collection
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Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot from left to right, 1926-1075/147, 1 Reproduction in mahogany of No. 146 and 1926-1075/146, 1 Plaster cast
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Plaster cast of Egyptian head 3 1/4" xx 1 5/8. Front view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Plaster cast of Egyptian head 3 1/4" xx 1 5/8. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated dark grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Plaster cast of Egyptian head 3 1/4" xx 1 5/8"

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.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1926-1075/146
type:
plaster cast
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt