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Spanish Lady
Spanish Lady
basic info
FigID
F0153
InstID
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Spanish Lady
Vessel name
Unidentified
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 info
Description
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.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H102 x W77 x D64 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 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".
Vessel history
Bibliography
Ownership info
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