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Female figurehead - unidentified ('Puritan Lady')
F0100 A Figurehead - Puritan Lady (Unidentified) - FHD0049
basic info
FigID
F0100
InstID
FHD0049
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Female figurehead - unidentified ('Puritan Lady')
Vessel name
Unidentified
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Unknown
Copyright owner
© National Maritime Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © National Maritime Museum
Current location
Tresco
Location date
12/02/2013
physical info
Description
Three-quarter length polychrome female figurehead, in a blue day dress with 'engageant' sleeves over a white chemise with a wide collar. The chemise bears a gold brooch at the breast just above the right hand, which is across the body below and holds a pink rose. The left arm is by the side and the hair simply gathered over the ears. This item's traditional local name of 'Puritan lady' is based on its appearance, but it is clearly a 19th-century piece in characteristic early 1860s dress that suggests British origin. The plain but distinctive features also strongly suggest it is a specific portrait, but nothing else is known about it.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H74.9 x W43.2 x D27.9 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 known about this vessel.
Bibliography
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
Ownership info
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