Decorative art, Furniture

The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object   

Please contact the Picture Library if you would like to use this record and image under licence.

Writing desk

Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Furniture
User collections Collectables (Americas / Canada) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Hardy, Thomas Masterman
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
VesselsVictory (1765)

Object details:

Object ID AAA3361
Description This escritoire belonged to Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839). Writing cabinet on ornate pedestal stand ending in four scroll feet and base plinth. Two sliding shelves with shaped fronts and six small drawers. Two further secret drawers concealed behind the two upper small drawers, the whole enclosed by a fall front. Brass handles either side. The cabinet is of Cuban mahogany and has a fall front with a silk velvet writing surface. This would have provided a relatively stable and even support for correspondence. The handles on either side ensured portability. The plinth on which it now rests appears to be a later addition. Hardy was in command of the ‘Mutine’ at the Battle of the Nile (1798) after which he transferred to the ‘Vanguard’ as Nelson’s flag-captain. He was on board the ‘Elephant’ (Captain Foley) at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and, as captain of 'Victory', was by Nelson’s side when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). His last appointment, from 1834 to his death, was as Governor of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich.
Date made late 18th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials brass; silk velvet; mahogany
Measurements Overall: 1045 x 545 x 435 mm
  • Writing desk (AAA3361)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge