Captain Bligh's House, Lambeth

A line drawing of the front of 100 Lambeth Road, London, part of a Georgian terrace and once the home of William Bligh, of the 'Bounty'. An official commemorative blue plaque is visible between the two windows of the ground floor. The drawing is signed and dated by the artist, lower right, and may be one connected with the installation of the plaque by the Greater London Council, which did them (in succession to the LCC) until 1986, when English Heritage took over. The NMM advised on the wording of the Bligh plaque, which correctly states that Lieutenant William Bligh, commander of the 'Bounty', lived there: that is, he was not a captain by rank in that role though he was still resident in the house when he later became one. He sailed in the 'Bounty' in 1787 and the plaque was apparently prompted by the 180th anniversary of that and of the subsequent mutiny (1789). Both Bligh and his wife, who predeceased him in 1812, are buried in an imposing tomb in the churchyard of the nearby former parish church, St Mary's, Lambeth (now the Museum of Garden History). Bligh lived his later years in Kent, not in this house, though he did die in London during a visit to consult his doctor and was buried from his 'late residence', at 27 Old Bond Street. An invitation ticket for his funeral is in the British Museum (Sarah Sophia Banks collection C,2.1818). [PvdM amended 3/15]

Object Details

ID: PAD1409
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Moody, Frederick
Places: Lambeth
Date made: 1967
People: Bligh, William
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Image: 210 mm x 85 mm; Mount: 395 mm x 285 mm

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