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RY Royal George
|Description||Gold-painted figurehead of the 330-ton royal yacht 'Royal George' (1817). It shows a bust of King George III wearing a laurel wreath, supported by two Africans copied from Wedgwood’s famous abolitionist medallion. It indicates how much anti-slavery imagery and language had pervaded British society by the early 19th century. In this case the intention is to celebrate George III (reigned 1760-1820) as the king under whom the British slave trade was abolished. The 'Royal George went into harbour service in 1843 and was broken up in 1905.|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection|
|Materials||lead paint; mahogany|
|Measurements||Overall: 1930 mm x 914 mm x 1016 mm x .2096 ton|
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