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Figurehead of the HMS Russell
F0042 Figureheads - HMS Russel - FHD0100
basic info
FigID
F0042
InstID
FHD0100
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the HMS Russell
Vessel name
HMS Russell
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 info
Description
Figurehead of HMS 'Russell', representing Admiral Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford. On the left side is a shield bearing the Union flag inscribed with the name 'LA HOGUE'. This refers to Russell's victory over the French in 1692 in the bay of La Hogue (near Cherbourg) which neutralized the threat of the exiled James II invading England to reclaim his throne from his joint-monarch son-in-law and daughter, King William III and Mary II.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H264.2 x W106.7 x D99 cms
Materials
Wood: pine
Object history
The figurehead was made for the sum of £21. Figurehead was presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936, having previously been housed in the Admiralty Police Parade Room of Devonport Dockyard.
Vessel history
The ship was a 74-gun third-rate launched at Deptford Dockyard in 1822 after eight years on the stocks. She was converted to a screw auxiliary with Penn's machinery in 1854 and broken-up in 1865.
Bibliography
Admiralty Catalogue (1911) No 449
Ownership info
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