A three-quarter length gilded figurehead of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife of King George III, from the Royal Yacht HMY Royal Charlotte (1824).

Figurehead of the Royal yacht 'Royal Charlotte', 1824. This superb late-Georgian example retrospectively represents the young Queen Charlotte (1744–1818, wife of George III) at just over half length, crowned, with an orb held before her in her left hand and a sceptre (detachable and restored) in her right, trailing slightly behind the figure. To either side she is supported behind by attendant cherubs with, on her right side, the Hanoverian royal arms, and on her left the Union flag, both within shields surrounded by foliate carving, and with flowers on the centreline where the figure slots over the supporting stemhead.

Object Details

ID: FHD0097
Collection: Figureheads
Type: Figurehead
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Royal Charlotte 1824 (HMY)
Date made: 1824
People: Queen Charlotte, Consort of George III
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 2159 mm x 1118 mm x 1295 mm
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