The Collections

Christmas collections

Created: 21.11.14

Christmas and festive items from the Royal Museums Greenwich collections.

  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Marine Photo Service
    circa 1970s
    Santa Claus climbing the grill in front of the forward funnel above the Bridge on 'Oriana' (1960).

    Santa Claus climbing the grill in front of the forward funnel above the Bridge on 'Oriana' (1960), a P & O Passenger liner. A crew member dressed as ’Father Christmas’ comes down the grille in front of the forward funnel…

  • Wyllie, William Lionel
    CC V1, P8, 65
    Man carrying a large Christmas pudding, printed on the back of a blank menu for SS Garonne, Orient Line

    The SS 'Garonne' was built in 1871 by John Elder & Co. at Glasgow. Her maiden voyage was from Liverpool to Valparaiso. In June 1877 she was sold to the Orient Pacific Line for service to Australia via the Cape.…

  • Union Castle Line
    20th century
    Union Castle Line seasonal menu cards

    Four blank menu cards for Christmas and New Year meals (two of each). The Christmas menu cards shows a drawing of a turkey wearing a party hat while holding a glass of champagne with four pink elephants walking in a…

  • Glass, Giorgio
    circa 1800
    'Gruppi di Napoli. Sampognari che fanno la novena di Natale' [Neapolitan groups; wind musicians celebrating Christmas]

    (Updated, October 2017). This line print shows a group of musicians, one with a harp, two with brass instruments and a child with a triangle playing at a street-side shrine on the Strada San Carlo, Naples (according to the sign…

  • Wyllie, William Lionel
    25 December 1916
    CC V1, P8, 65
    'Christmas Day 1916'; yachts leaving Portsmouth Harbour

    Signed and inscribed, as title, by the artist, lower right. This view looks directly across the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour to Fort Blockhouse and the Haslar Wall, with sailing boats leaving and heading west into the Solent. It was probably…

  • Herschel, Margaret Louisa
    Study of a flower arrangement - Christmas roses?

    This 'study of a flower arrangement' was done by Louisa Herschel presumbly from life. While paintings, plaster casts of statues and parts of statues provided by their art tutor for his students to copy would have made up a large…

  • Wyllie, Eva
    Carol singers

    original art: drawing

  • Wyllie, William Lionel
    CC V1, P8, 65
    Snow covered

    original art: drawing

  • Wyllie, William Lionel
    CC V1, P8, 65
    Group of birds feeding in the snow


  • Unknown
    The Christmas relief at Wolf Rock Lighthouse

    A view from the boat near the landing stage on the Wolf Rock looking up at the lighthouse. A man is suspended by a foot-loop from the gantry crane either being winched ashore or out to the boat. The page…

  • Unknown
    Princess Mary Gift Box

    A brass tobacco tin with a portrait of Princess Mary engraved on the lid along with a gilted border that states the names of the countries fighting with Britain in the First World War. The tin containing a packet of…

  • Wyllie, William Lionel
    CC V1, P8, 65
    HMS 'Benbow' at Christmas, 1918

    Inscribed by the artist, lower right, 'Benbow Xmas'. The battleship 'Benbow' was built by Beardmore at Glasgow, launched on 12 November 1913 and completed in October 1914. This nearly port-broadside study from off the port bow depicts her at Christmas…

  • Reeve
    1 May 1814
    D 25 (33)
    The Fair on the Thames, Feby.4.1814

    Hand-coloured. Text in English and French below image. Before the demolition of the old London Bridge in 1831, the Thames sometimes froze over during particularly cold winters. Spontaneous 'frost fairs' would follow, as people took to the ice for entertainment,…