Lady of the Rose

Basic Information

FigID
F0145
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Lady of the Rose
Vessel name
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date
04/03/2013

Physical Information

Description
A large full-length female figurehead in a cream dress with gold trim. It has a cream pedestal with gold scroll work. The left leg of the figure is shown as if stepping forward. She wears gold shoes. Her right arm is held across her body, and holds a yellow rose with green leaves. Her left arm is at her side. She has blond curly hair with the curls at the side of the head. She is has blue eyes and is looking to the right.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H230 x W82 x D85 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 was originally found in a very dilapidated condition in English's Wood Yard at Wisbech, Cambridge, by a second-hand dealer. It was sold to Mr. Ihlee of Peterborough in about 1923. The local rumour was that the ship had been wrecked off the Norfolk coast. Mr. Ihlee handed the carving over to Mr. C. J. Hayward to restore, and Silver was in correspondence with him. This accounted for the figurehead being in a relatively good state of preservation when Silver acquired her.
Vessel history
From an unidentified vessel, possibly one of the French nitrite ships, named 'Helene'.
Bibliography

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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