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Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth

Ship models

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Collection Ship models
User collections Curator's pick: George III's ship models by jgraves
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Royal Artillery Institution (Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda)
Provenance: King George III
Publication(s)Ship models : their purpose and development from 1650 to the present : illustrated from the ship model collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Object ID SLR2147
Description Scale: 1:480. A model of HM Dockyard Portsmouth as it appeared in 1774, made entirely in wood with metal and organic material fittings and painted in realistic colours. The model shows all the principal dockyard buildings, and their relative positions in the dockyard. The shoreline is shown together with five slipways, four dry docks, two mast ponds, and two small enclosed ponds. Other dockyard details include the dockyard bells, sorted and stacked timber, anchor wharf, gardens, roads, and shrubbery. A small bone compass and scallion are located in the bottom right hand corner of the model and a second compass is drawn in the top left hand corner. Painted in gold leaf on model: "Portsmouth dock yard 1774", "Road to Portsmouth", "Common Hard", "Scale of 40 Feet to One Inch". The model is displayed in a bespoke top glazed display case.
Date made 1772 - 1774

Artist/Maker Vass, Nicholas
Doughty, William
Place made Portsmouth Dockyard
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Transferred from the Science Museum, London, 1993
Materials brass; laminate; metal; paint; paper; varnish; wood
Measurements Display Table: 752 mm x 2023 mm x 1320 mm
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