Female figurehead - unidentified (girl in blue dress holding rose)
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Polychrome painted and gilded half-length figurehead of a girl with long, flowing red hair, in a blue dress and holding a golden rose at her breast in her right hand. This example and that of the ‘Bernardo’ (FHD0053) show a variation on the usual form, in which a figure is designed to sit within a modified billet-bead. Unfortunately nothing is known of the ship from which this comes, though the dress is consistent with a British origin in the mid-1850s.
H142.2 x W40.6 x D45.7 cms
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.
Unfortunately nothing is known of the ship from which this comes, though the dress is consistent with a British origin in the mid-1850s.
''Valhalla' The Tresco Ships' Figurehead Collection' (NMM, 1984)
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Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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