Figurehead of the Florence Nightingale

Basic Information

FigID
F0139
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Florence Nightingale
Vessel name
Florence Nightingale
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
01/03/2013

Physical Information

Description
A three-quarter-length female figurehead. She wears a cream blouse and skirt, and a lilac jacket with a blue collar and trim. Her left arm is missing, and her right hand is on her hip. Her blouse has a frilly collar and detail at the front. She has dark brown hair in a bun at the back with a light brown hairclip. She has has brown eyes looking slightly left.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Padstow
Size
H102 x W49 x D34 cms
Materials
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead is thought to have come from Malta at the beginning of the 20th century, and probably represents Florence Nightingale as a young woman. If the attribution is correct, it would probably be Post-Crimean War (i.e. after 1856) because she was not a very well known public figure prior to her intervention in the Crimea.
Vessel history
The ship is believed to have been a schooner which traded in the Mediterranean.
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Ownership Information

Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
The Cutty Sark Trust
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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