Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
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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