Figurehead of the Duchess of Sutherland

Basic Information

Figurehead type
Figurehead of the Duchess of Sutherland
Vessel name
Duchess of Sutherland
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Copyright owner
© Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Copyright notes
Photo: © Cutty Sark Trust Copyright
Current location
Cutty Sark
Location date

Physical Information

A large three-quarter-length female figurehead. She wears a green dress with cream detail on the front and sleeves and cream trim. There are gold tassels on the bottom of her jacket which is green and cream and has a gold girdle. She has gold beads around her neck and in her hair, and a cream and gold veil hangs down at the back which is attached to a gold tiara on top of head. Her left arm is by her side, and the right arm is across her breast holding red apple and black grapes. She wears a blue/gold bracelet on left arm. She has light brown hair in two tresses worn down and the rest tied back. She has brown eyes shaded blue and red lips.
Date made
Place made
H153 x W65 x D63 cms
Object history
The figurehead is part of a collection assembled by Sydney Cumbers and known as 'The Long John Silver Collection'.
Vessel history
There is uncertainty about the identity of the ship from which this figurehead came, and there is nothing in the records to indicate how the name was chosen. It could also have been a paddle steamer of the same name of 121 tons built in Newcastle in 1869, but Silver opted for the larger barque which was built in 1851 because of the size of the figurehead.

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
Accessible to public
Data verified by owner
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