Ships Figureheads

Many different types of figureheads are pictured in color and b/w photos with a fascinating historical text that explains their use and the sculptors who made them.

Ships  Figureheads

Author: Hans Jürgen Hansen

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 9780887402999

Page: 128

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Ships Figureheads details the different types of figureheads as well as the sculptors who made them. Chapters include descriptions of figurehead lions, dragon heads, figureheads of the 19th century, court sculptors and their work on royal pleasure craft and independent figure carvers.

Old Ship Figureheads Coloring Book

Old Ship Figureheads Durchelor Coloring Book John Batchelor ULDUM TIUOKLICADS COLUNINO DOON In bygone days , the figureheads adorning the prows of old ships ...

Old Ship Figureheads Coloring Book

Author: John Batchelor

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486423708

Page: 32

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Figureheads — those magnificent carvings that once adorned the prows of early sailing vessels — are the focus of this intriguing coloring book. Twenty-seven illustrations of these splendid embellishments depict the figure of a sailor ("Jolly Jack Tar"), the warrior chief "Tecumseh," Eurydice, a Scottish soldier of the Blackwatch regiment, and many others.

Figureheads

The illustrated guide explores themes surrounding these unique carvings from mythology and gender to politics and literature.

Figureheads

Author: Prichard Prichard

Publisher: Royal Museums Greenwich

ISBN: 9781906367633

Page: 160

View: 738

Figureheads, the carved wooden sculptures that decorate the prows of sailing ships, offer protection for the crew from harsh seas and lends the vessel its specific spirit--or at least that was the theory in the distant past. Figureheads developed from an ancient tradition of decorating ships with painted eyes, carved figures, and animal heads. Vikings in northern Europe adorned the bows of their vessels with dragon heads, which were thought to help ships see their way through the sea. They are considered the only tangible evidence of the "Great Age of Sail." But what other purposes did sailors believe figureheads served? What stories do these beautiful objects tell? And what do the different characters symbolize? On the Bow of the Ship contains over fifty examples of wooden carvings from the National Maritime Museum in London, home to the world's most extensive collection of figureheads. The illustrated guide explores themes surrounding these unique carvings from mythology and gender to politics and literature. For instance, superstitious crew members often lovingly cared for their figureheads, which were often the only female presence on board. On the Bow of the Ship delves deeply into the history and contexts of figureheads and, by so doing, provides a fresh image of the life at sea.

Ship Decoration

This book is a detailed comparative study of the decorative work _ figurehead, topside ornamentation and stern gallery design _ carried by the ships of the major maritime states of Europe in the zenith of the sailing era.

Ship Decoration

Author: Andy Peters

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848321767

Page: 240

View: 809

This book is a detailed comparative study of the decorative work _ figurehead, topside ornamentation and stern gallery design _ carried by the ships of the major maritime states of Europe in the zenith of the sailing era. It covers both warships and the most prestigious merchant ships, the East Indiamen of the great chartered companies. The work began life in the year 2000 when the author was commissioned to carry out research for an ambitious project to build a full-size replica of a Swedish East Indiaman, which produced a corpus of information whose relevance stretched way beyond the immediate requirements of accurately decorating the replica.??In tracking the artistic influences on European ship decoration, it became clear that this was essentially the story of the baroque style, its dissemination from France, and its gradual transformation into distinct national variations in Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. It is an inherently visual subject and the book illustrates developments with numerous photographs of contemporary ship models, paintings and plans, as well as the author's own interpretive illustrations of details.??As the first major work on the topic for nearly a century, it will be of obvious appeal to ship modellers and historians, but with comparative examples drawn from architecture and sculpture, it also makes a broader contribution to the history of the applied arts.

Figureheads and Ship Carving

With its numerous illustrations, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in ships and their decorations.

Figureheads and Ship Carving

Author: Michael Stammers

Publisher: US Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781591142744

Page: 120

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Concise but comprehensive, this history of figureheads and ship carvings covers the period from ancient Egypt to the present, with emphasis on the great period of decoration between the late sixteenth century and the end of the age of sail. The decoration of a ship was often done to signify its importance or demonstrate pride of ownership, but was also added to appease sea gods and scare off enemies, as exemplified by the eyes on Chinese Junks and the ferocious dragons on Viking ships, while the lion figurehead symbolized naval power. Michael Stammers explains that the powerful typographic logos seen on the sides of container ships today attest to a company's struggle for commercial domination. In the book he describes the ship carvers as well as collections of figureheads that can be seen in museums around the world. With its numerous illustrations, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in ships and their decorations.

Early American Wood Carving

CHAPTERI FIGUREHEADS AND STERNBOARDS The carved figure for the prow of a ship has ... The figureheads which symbolized those ships may have been symbols for ...

Early American Wood Carving

Author: Erwin Ottomar Christensen

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486218403

Page: 149

View: 309

Engaging survey of nearly 200 years of great native folk art: weathervanes, portraits, Indians, ship figureheads, toys, decoys, etc. 17th through 19th century. Styles, uses, technical information, makers. 68 illustrations.

The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth

This sumptuously illustrated book is a collaborative effort between a retired admiral and an artist, and provides not only a guide to the collection but also examines the context of each ship's life and the background of the carver who ...

The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth

Author: David Pulvertaft

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752450766

Page: 119

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"In association with the National Museum of the Royal Navy."