Figurehead of the HMS Ajax
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Neptune Hall NMM
Figurehead of HMS 'Ajax'. The polychrome-painted, bearded male figure is a half-length bust in classical armour and plumed helmet, wearing the Order of the Bath above a fiddle (backward turning) scroll: the armour is similar to that of FHD0061, made at Plymouth nearly thirty years before, suggesting common forms of source.
H449.6 x W142.2 x D144.8 cms
The Figurehead was housed at the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport until being presented to the NMM by the Admiralty in 1936.
HMS 'Ajax' was a 74-gun third rate built for the Navy by Perry's Yard, Blackwall, in 1809. She was engaged in the Blockade of Toulon in 1810 and captured the French vessel 'Dromadaire' in 1811. The ship was converted to a screw steam ship of the line in 1848 and sold out to Castle's of Charlton in 1865.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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