Figurehead Model of the HMS Victory
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
On loan to Chatham Historic Dockyard - 1 Smithery, main gallery
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.
H17.6 x W19.5 x D6.5 cms
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.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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