Female figurehead - unidentified (Spanish Lady)

Basic Information

FigID
F0087
InstID
FHD0029
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Female figurehead - unidentified (Spanish Lady)
Vessel name
Unidentified (Spanish Lady)
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
11/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
Unidentified full-length polychrome female figurehead, including both feet visible below the hem of the gown. The arms are cut off flush below the shoulders and it is not certain if they were originally complete. The figure wears a blue dress with red panels in the bodice, a gilded necklace and a curious cap on the back of the head. Her traditional local name is 'Spanish lady' because of her appearance, but there is in fact nothing specifically Spanish about the costume, which probably indicates a date in the early 1840s.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H165 x W67.3 x D53.3 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
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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