Figurehead of HMS 'Queen Charlotte' by Unknown Artist

Maquette for the warship HMS Queen Charlotte launched at Chatham in 1790.


36 x 18 x 18 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £60,000)
Acquired in:

The figurehead shows Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III and probably required Royal approval before the full size figurehead was made. The actual carver remains unknown but worked under the direction of the Dockyard's Master Carver, George Williams. HMS Queen Charlotte took part in the French Wars but took fire off Livorno, Italy in 1800 and blew up with the loss of 700 men.


Sir John Henslow, Chief Surveyor to the Navy 1774-1806; then by family descent.

Venue details

The Historic Dockyard Chatham Dock Road, CHATHAM Kent ME4 4TZ 01634 823807

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £24). National Art Pass discounts do not apply on special event days

10 Feb – 2 Dec 2018
10am –​ 4pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
10am –​ 6pm (British Summer Time)