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Figurehead Model of the HMS Victory
D9444_1
basic info
FigID
F0050
InstID
FHD0109
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead Model of the HMS Victory
Vessel name
HMS Victory
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Naval
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
On loan to Chatham Historic Dockyard - 1 Smithery, main gallery
Location date
31/01/2013
physical info
Description
Scale approx. 1:24. Model of the original figurehead on HMS Victory (1765), a first rate 100 gun warship. It has been carved from several pieces of boxwood which have been glued together to form one figurehead. There is a shoulder length bust of George III in classical dress, wearing a laurel leaf crown. Below, is a shield with the Union flag pre-1801, carved on and surrounded by putti. Behind the bust and shield, are two large female figures sitting on brickwork/castlations mounts, supported by figures representing the four continents. Behind the heads of these two figures are smaller, winged figures of Victory and Peace with a male lion beneath Victory, and a crowned and wreathed shield with a royal coat of arms beneath Peace. On the lower front edges, are two mythological/classical creatures: One appears to be a double headed dragon, the other a female figure or creature. Both have parts missing. Two standing putti complete the lower part of the figurehead and are holding the horn of plenty and a globe (?). There are several parts missing from the model, such as hands, faces, feet, foliage and wings.
Maker
unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H17.6 x W19.5 x D6.5 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Sir James Caird presented the model figurehead of HMS Victory to the NMM on 15/09/1937, after purchasing it for £575 (complete with model of three decker in frame) from A. Fleming (Southsea) Ltd., The Casket, Castle Road, Southsea, Hants.
Vessel history
Bibliography
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
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified