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The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth

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Figureheads were carved for the bows of British fighting ships from the early sixteenth century until the start of the twentieth, formalizing the ancient tradition of sea-farers in earlier times. Warship names were selected within the Admiralty and it was then the task of the figurehead carver to submit a design that represented the name to the satisfaction of the Navy Board. The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth has the biggest collection of British warship figureheads on display in the world. Close by are two still attached to the bows of their ships, the wooden HMS Victory (1765) and ironclad HMS Warrior (1860). David Pulvertaft's book reveals the history of warship figureheads, those in the Portsmouth collection being lavishly illustrated with watercolour paintings by Kevin Dean. The informative narrative provides not only a description of the collection but also examines the context of each figurehead against the life of its ship and the background of the carver who created it.

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Author David M. Pulvertaft
Binding Paperback
Condition New
Pages 120
ISBN-13 9780752450766
Publisher The History Press


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