Portrait bust of James Watt

Made:
2010 in London
Group shot of four-part plaster split mould, face and front of neck of James Watt, by James Watt, Birmingham, England, Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust and face of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in

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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

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in Watt's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Low-resolution trial version of portrait bust and face of James Watt reconstructed from plaster mould c.1807 found in
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Portrait bust of James Watt, reconstructed from plaster mould found in Watt's Workshop c.1807, manufactured by the UCL Digital Manufacturing Centre, 2010.

When preparing James Watt's workshop for relocation, curators examined several plaster moulds. Among representations of animals and mythological gods, they found this one which they thought might be a bust of Watt himself.

Laser scanning and computer analysis by the 3D Imaging Research Centre at University College, London, allowed the bust to be recreated for the first time in more than 200 years.

Details

Category:
Hand and Machine Tools
Object Number:
2011-14
type:
portrait bust
credit:
Manufactured by the UCL Digital Manufacturing Centre