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Sunbeam [Nov. 13th, 2016|10:33 am]
Tony Grist


This is the figurehead from the steam yatch, Sunbeam, owned by Lord and Lady Brassey. The model for the child angel was their daughter Constance- nicknamed "Sunbeam"- who died of scarlet fever aged 4 in 1874. The Brasseys took Sunbeam around the world- and Lady Brassey wrote a number of best-selling books about their voyages .

I keep running into the Brasseys. Lady Brassey's collections of art and ethnography ended up in the Hastings and Bexhill museums- where I've admired them. She died- on board the Sunbeam- somewhere in the South Seas- and her memorial tablet is in the church at Catsfield, Sussex. I've seen that too.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-11-13 11:52 am (UTC)
Disconcerting to see a figurehead which is so realistic a likeness - and how very art deco for the 1870s!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-13 12:48 pm (UTC)
Most figureheads are folk art- and so hard to date- but this is very much of its time.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2016-11-13 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, very of its time. But rather lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-13 04:39 pm (UTC)
Lady Brassey is a hero of mine
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-11-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
Lovely but sadly poignant...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-13 04:41 pm (UTC)
It must have been a little odd to sail the seven seas in a boat named after your dead child- and with her likeness on the prow.
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[User Picture]From: faeriefiles
2016-11-13 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful, I'll have to look up her art collection.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-13 06:50 pm (UTC)
Her books are available on-line for free. I'll admit I tried one and didn't get very far. Sailing in a yacht to the South Seas was a daring and exciting thing to do in the 1870s, now it seems.... rather less so.
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[User Picture]From: faeriefiles
2016-11-13 11:36 pm (UTC)
Someday I will find time to read again
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