Female figurehead - unidentified
© National Maritime Museum
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Half-length polychrome female figurehead, wearing a blue cloak framing her two-tone brown dress with a white trim and a gilt cameo at the breast. The cloak also neatly conceals the lack of arms. The hair is dark, centrally parted and gathered at the sides. The plain strong facial features suggest it is a specific portrait but nothing else is known of the ship. The style of dress indicates British origin around 1850.
H54.6 x W34.9 x D25.4 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.
Nothing is know about this vessel.
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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