Striking, isn’t it? If you’re visiting Hull you will find it behind the Maritime Museum on Queen Victoria Square. You can’t really get an impression of the height of the memorial in this photograph photograph, but this article about on the BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-24867099) informs me that it is 13 feet (that’s 4 metres) high.
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.
If you find yourself in Hull, go and see this. I had not taken much notice of the paintings of Beryl Cook before, but this exhibition was something of an eye opener. The Maritime Museum sounds like an odd venue, especially since there is an art gallery just across the road, but the Court Room on the first floor is a great exhibition space and well suited to the occasion.
If you want to know more, have a look at this article from the Hull Daily Mail: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-s-Beryl-Cook-exhibition-attracts-8-000/story-21004977-detail/story.html