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Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
A large female bust wearing a dark red dress, ruffled collar, and white undergarment. She has no arms and black curly hair with two gold tiaras and red headscarf/head-band. She is looking slightly right. She has light brown eyes, but the pupils are missing from the eyes, leaving a hollow space, she may have had glass eyes previously.
H102 x W77 x D64 cms
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'. The figurehead is probably the oldest in collection and is referred to as the Spanish lady and Spanish Beauty. In Hansen, she is referenced as follows: "probably from the British ship Georgina, 19th century" Silver’s notes say figurehead found in Deptford. A curator of fashion at V&A dated her style of costume to 1800-1812 "as her dress has a high waistline and her hair is dressed in the ‘Grecian’ style that was fashionable during this period". A 'Picture Post' article about the collection in 1952 (while it was still under the ownership of Cumbers) refers to her as "Spanish Beauty".
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