Female figurehead - unidentified (Spanish Lady)
Unidentified (Spanish Lady)
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
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.
H165 x W67.3 x D53.3 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.
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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