Female figurehead - unidentified ('Puritan Lady')
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Photo: © National Maritime Museum
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.
H74.9 x W43.2 x D27.9 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 known about this vessel.
‘Valhalla’ The Tresco Ships’ Figurehead Collection (NMM, 1984)
National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
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