Male Figurehead - unidentified

Basic Information

FigID
F0080
InstID
FHD0017
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Male Figurehead - unidentified
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Image: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Half-length polychrome bust figurehead depicting a fashionable gentleman in a double-breasted blue coat, with a rolled collar and high-collared cravat. The figure may, however, be a personal portrait, and possibly of a so-far-unidentified public figure (as was the case until the late 1970s with FHD0023, of Tsar Alexander I).
Maker
Unknown
Date made
circa 1830-35
Place made
Unknown
Size
H96.5 x W67.3 x D43.2 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Accepted by HM Treasury in lieu of Estate Duty in 1979 from Robert Arthur Dorien-Smith. The collection was begun by Augustus Smith (1806-72) who leased the islands from the Duchy of Cornwall. The figureheads in the Valhalla Collection came from vessels wrecked on Scilly.
Vessel history
No vessel history. The dress style of the figurehead indicates British origin within the fairly tight range of about 1828-32, but nothing else is known of the ship though it was presumably built at about this time or shortly afterwards.
Bibliography
''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' (NMM, 1984)

Ownership Information

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

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