Part of four-part plaster split mould, rear of head and neck of James Watt, by James Watt

Made:
1790-1819 in Birmingham
maker:
James Watt
Group shot of four-part plaster split mould, face and front of neck of James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England, Four-part plaster split mould, face and front of neck of James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England, 1790-1819.

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Group shot of four-part plaster split mould, face and front of neck of James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Four-part plaster split mould, face and front of neck of James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England, 1790-1819.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Part of four-part plaster split mould, rear of head and neck James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England, 1790-1819

This item is part of the contents of the workshop that Scottish engineer James Watt developed at his home, Heathfield, at Handsworth, Birmingham, from c.1795 through to his death in 1819. Although Watt is best known for his work on the steam engine, his workshop contains a wide variety of objects from many different projects, from chemistry to sculpture-copying.

The description of the item was written by Edward Collins, the land agent responsible for Heathfield when the workshop was given to the Science Museum in 1924. Collins could not always identify what he was looking at, but always described what he saw clearly. This has allowed his descriptions to form the basis of subsequent research.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/1676/2
Measurements:
lying flat: 70 mm x 260 mm x 205 mm,
type:
mould
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt