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Curator's pick: George III's ship models

Created: 31.03.11

When John Montagu became First Lord of the Admiralty in 1771, one of his priorities was to get King George III more interested in the Royal Navy. Lord Montagu organised visits to the Dockyards and to the Fleet, and he also commissioned models to be made for the exclusive use of the King and his eldest son. He knew that models would appeal to the King’s enquiring mind and love of craftsmanship. No expense was spared on these models, all made by artisans working in the Royal Dockyards. They are of the highest quality and attention to detail, indeed, all fit for a King. (John Graves, NMM Curator of Ship Models)


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Burroughs, Thomas
    circa 1772
    270
    Winchelsea (1772); Warship; Fifth rate; Frigate; 32 guns

    Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the ‘Winchelsea’ (circa 1764) a frigate of 32 guns. The model is partially decked, fully planked on the starboard side, with exposed frames on the port side. This model is one of…

  • Burroughs, Thomas
    circa 1772-77
    42
    Royal George (1756); Warship; First rate; 100 guns

    Scale: 1:48. A contemporary half full hull and half skeleton model of the Royal George (1756), a first rate, 100-gun three-decker ship of the line, built in the Georgian style. The model is partially decked and has the name Royal…

  • Williams, probably Joseph
    circa 1770
    109
    Intrepid (1770); Warship; Third rate; 64 guns

    Scale: 1:48. A contemporary ful hull skeleton model of the Intrepid (1770), a third rate 64 gun two-decker ship of the line. Numerous hand written labels attached to inner and outer surfaces of frame identifying specific parts. The ‘Intrepid’ model…

  • Vass, Nicholas
    1772 - 1774
    M1964-35
    Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth

    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…

  • Stockwell, George
    circa 1774
    2576
    Royal Dockyard at Sheerness

    Topographic model of the Royal Dockyard at Sheerness, Kent, in about 1774. This model is one of a set six commissioned by Lord Sandwich for George III in 1773-74, showing the Royal Dockyards as they were at the time. As…

  • Plymouth Dockyard Personnel
    1772 - 1774
    2578
    Royal Dockyard at Plymouth

    Scale: 1:480. A model of HM Dockyard Plymouth 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 principle dockyard buildings and structures and a…

  • Monk, John
    1772-1774
    2577
    Chatham Dockyard 1774

    Scale: 1:480. A realistically painted model of Chatham Dockyard as it appeared in 1774, made entirely in wood with metal and organic material fittings. A section of the River Medway is shown depicted in blue/green paint with dark grey foreshore.…

  • Unknown
    circa 1772
    2361
    First rate warship (circa 1745)

    Scale: Unknown. A model of the mainmast, yards, and spars of a first rate warship circa 1745. The component parts are stored in a bespoke fitted travelling case which is divided into four sections, the lid of which is secured…

  • Roberts, Thomas
    1772 -1774
    2581
    Royal Dockyard at Deptford

    Scale: 1:576. Topographic scenic model of the Royal Dockyard at Deptford, London (circa 1774). This model is one of a set six commissioned by Lord Sandwich for George III in 1773-74, showing the Royal Dockyards as they were at the…