Figurehead of the HMS Royal George (George IV)

Basic Information

FigID
F0040
InstID
FHD0098
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Royal George (George IV)
Vessel name
HMS Royal George
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Kidbrooke Stores, National Maritime Museum
Location date
31/01/2013

Physical Information

Description
Figurehead of HMS 'Royal George' in the form of a bust of George IV in Roman armour, crowned with a laurel wreath. Probably all that remains of a very large, full sized figurehead.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H148.6 x W149.9 x D72.4 cms
Materials
Wood: pine
Object history
Presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936, having been previously housed on the 2nd floor of the Rigging House in Devonport Dockyard.
Vessel history
The ship was a 120-gun first-rate, originally the 'Neptune' but renamed during building about 1823 and launched at Chatham Dockyard in 1827. HMS Royal George served in the Baltic between 1854-1855, before being undocked at Chatham as a screw ship in 1856. Between 1865-1875 she was a receiving ship at Portsmouth and finally sold to Castles' of Charlton for breaking in 1875.
Bibliography
Admiralty Catalogue(1911) No 447

Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
National Maritime Museum
Contact details
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
By appointment
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified

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