Stern badge of the Greenwich Hospital Barge
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Stern badge from the Greenwich Hospital barge. On a cartouche, the Greenwich Hospital crest of crossed Union flags with white staffs above a gold naval crown on a red ground), with two 'cherubs' which act as supporters and gilded and painted scrollwork below. The two putti, in light blue costume appear, in fact, to be in the early to mid-18th-century dress of boys of the Hospital School and are perhaps more properly described as such. The painting of this item does not appear to be original and while it can reasonably be assumed the colours follow the first scheme, it would require specialist examination to confirm this.
H38.5 x W50 x D8.5 cms
There is also a plan of the next and - if built - undoubtedly final Hospital barge, dated 1838 (ZAZ7166): that includes a plainer oval stern-badge, which also suggests this is from its predecessor.
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
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