Figurehead of the Alessandro il Grande
- Figurehead type
- Figurehead of the Alessandro il Grande
- Vessel name
- Alessandro il Grande
- Type (Naval/Merchant)
- Copyright owner
- © National Maritime Museum
- Copyright notes
- Photo: © National Maritime Museum
- Current location
- Location date
- Polychrome and gilded bust-length figurehead from the wooden brig 'Alessandro il Grande' of Venice (an Austrian city at the time it was probably made). It is a portrait of Tsar Alexander I of Russia (reigned 1801-25) shown in black military dress, with epaulettes, decorations and a red sash.
- Date made
- Place made
- H106.7 x W61 x D40.6 cms
- 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
- While sheltering in St Mary’s Roads on New Year’s Day, 1851, her anchor cables parted and she was driven onto the Mare Ledges off the south of Tresco at 22.00. She was a total loss, although there was an opportunity to recover the ship’s stores and there were no casualties.
‘Alessandro Il Grande’ details at time of wreck. Wooden barque of 289 tons, registered in Venice. Builder: not known, and date only presumed to be 1801-25 if contemporary with Alexander's reign. Dimensions (in feet and tenths): not known. Owner: not known. Registered voyage: Galway to Cardiff. Cargo: in ballast. Master at loss: Santo Amadeo Gavaquin. Wrecked: 1 January 1851.
- ''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' (NMM, 1984)
- Owner type
- Public Institution
- Owner name
- National Maritime Museum
- Contact details
- Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
- Ownership can be cited online
- Accessible to public
- Data verified by owner
- Date verified
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