Marble reproduction of bust

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Watt, James
1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. 1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high.  Profile, detail view of object against graduated grey background. 1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high.  Front 3/4 view of head and shoulders against graduated grey background. Group shot of 1926-1075/336, 1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high and 1926-1075/335, 1 Plaster bust on

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1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high. Profile, detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high. Front 3/4 view of head and shoulders against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of 1926-1075/336, 1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high and 1926-1075/335, 1 Plaster bust on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Reproduction in marble, man No. 335, 7" high

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. 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 is a microcosm of the larger changes in industry which were sweeping large parts of the UK.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1926-1075/336
type:
reproduction
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt