Plaster mould, Bacchus in two-horsed chariot

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
James Watt
Group shot of (from left clockwise) 1926-1075/284, Plaster mould, Bacchus in 2 horsed chariot, nude rider holding head

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Group shot of (from left clockwise) 1926-1075/284, Plaster mould, Bacchus in 2 horsed chariot, nude rider holding head
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plaster mould, Bacchus in 2 horsed chariot, nude rider holding head of Janus, at side of chariot is Satyr with ewer, oval 11 1/2" x 8 3/4"

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. It was likely made from the mould also on inventory as 1926-1075/232. 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:
1926-1075/285
type:
mould
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt