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Photo Archive: The Earl of Beaconsfield, Maritime Museum, Hull, 2013.

This is one of my favourite exhibits at the Maritime Museum in Hull; a regular stop on my strolls around the city.
This ships figurehead belonged to the “Earl of Beaconsfield”, which ran aground in 1887. The internet, namely the Wreck Site website, informs me that the sailing ship was built in 1864 by a Glasgow firm.
The figurehead depicts Benjamin Disraeli, the first Earl of Beaconsfield, Conservative Politician and Prime Minister twice during the reign of Queen Victoria. He was also listed as one of “The Chap” magazines “Fashion Statesmen” due to his flamboyant attire. The figurehead is very striking, especially in contrast with its two feminine, whitewashed, Greco-Roman neighbours on the half landing on the stairs up to the first floor exhibition spaces.
The museum is free and well worth a visit, even if it’s just to look at the Earl of Beaconsfield.

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