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Figureheads of English East Indiamen 1750
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: drawing
Place made: unknown
Date made: 1750
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 20 in x 13 in
Nomenclature: figureheads; East Indiamen
Classification: naval architecture
A photo-processed copy of a print depicting four figureheads of English East Indiamen. Figureheads from the top, clockwise: a man wielding a club with both hands over his head from the waist up, a bearded man with a crown holding an unidentified object with his left hand, a dragon with a forked tongue, and a falcon. The entire length of the bowspirits is not depicted; the ends are rendered with jagged edges as if they were broken off. The illustration was most likely taken from a book and was originally folded. The remnants of acid migration, or the faint designs overlapping the darker illustrations, perfectly match up and mirror many of the illustrations.