William Sterling

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Figureheads, Ship Badges and Silverware – Nineteenth Century Classical References in the British Museum

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items by examining some of the British Museum and other collections of C19th objects.

Following on from the previous course we shall look at what Classical artworks were available to artists in the C19th and what literary works were studied in schools and were known to the general population. We shall identify some of the Classical gods, heroes, figures from myth and historical characters used as figureheads and ship badges such as Achilles, Ajax, Atalanta, Caesar, Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Dido, Hercules, Leda, Minerva, Neptune, Orpheus and Penelope. I shall outline the basic myths surrounding them and examine why they might have been chosen.


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