Drawing. “Spindle for diminishing machine, side view.....

Made:
1811
maker:
Watt, James

Drawing. Wrapper from a packet addressed James Watt Esqr / Heathfield on the other side an ink drawing, a second view of the piece shown on sheet 20: “Spindle for diminishing machine Side view full size Jany 18th 1811 …” 10" x 8" watermark I.PARSONS / 1807

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.

This drawing is one of a set made by Watt during his time in the workshop. They include detail from how to mount a diamond on the end of a wire, to designs for weighing machines, to the construction of the lathe bench present in the workshop. However, the majority concern Watt’s work on his sculpture copying machines, both resident in the workshop. They show how their design evolved over time, including details of framing, feed mechanisms, drill frames and more. These were Watt’s major project in the workshop, and provide us with dates for some of the component parts of the machines stored around the room.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/423/21
type:
drawing