Female figurehead - unidentified

Basic Information

FigID
F0096
InstID
FHD0043
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Female figurehead - unidentified
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013

Physical Information

Description
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.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H54.6 x W34.9 x D25.4 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
Nothing is know about this vessel.
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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