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RY Royal George


Object connections:

Collection Figureheads
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, Enslavement and Resistance
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: King George III
VesselsRoyal George 1817 (HMY)

Object details:

Object ID FHD0099
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.
Date made 1817

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials mahogany; lead paint
Measurements Overall: 1930 mm x 914 mm x 1016 mm x .2096 ton
  • RY Royal George (FHD0099)
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