Lot 7

A Fabulous & Rare 19th Century Sailor-carved & Painted Figure of a Black Gentleman depicted with articulated arms, wearing a top-hat and standing on original but separate carved wooden plinth. The plinth having a sliding cover secured by a miniature brass anchor, and enclosing a hollowed recess beneath. The recess containing a card hand written by the carver; William Barnes, Portsmouth, Hants, in the year 1842, stating ”Part of the wreck of the Royal George sunk at Spithead Augst 29 1782, recovered 1840”. In addition there is a printed poem ”The Loss of the Royal George” which mentions the ship’s master ”Kempenfelt”, and also a hand-painted miniature portrait possibly of Kempenfelt himself, 9½” (24 cm) in height.*

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A Fabulous & Rare 19th Century Sailor-carved & Painted Figure of a Black Gentleman depicted with articulated arms, wearing a top-hat and standing on original but separate carved wooden plinth. The plinth having a sliding cover secured by a miniature brass anchor, and enclosing a hollowed recess beneath. The recess containing a card hand written by the carver; William Barnes, Portsmouth, Hants, in the year 1842, stating ”Part of the wreck of the Royal George sunk at Spithead Augst 29 1782, recovered 1840”. In addition there is a printed poem ”The Loss of the Royal George” which mentions the ship’s master ”Kempenfelt”, and also a hand-painted miniature portrait possibly of Kempenfelt himself, 9½” (24 cm) in height.*