Ship Models In The Thomson Collection At The Art Gallery Of Ontario

Simon Stephens

Spanning some 350 years, the Thomson Collection of historic ship models contains examples of exquisite workmanship and some of the masterpieces of the genre. Pride of the collection are the rare British dockyard models made to scale for affluent 18th-century clients closely associated with the Navy.
Publication date:
October 2008
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
100 illustrations
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781903470824
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£25.00
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Overview
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Spanning some 350 years, the Thomson Collection of historic ship models contains examples of exquisite
workmanship and some of the masterpieces of the genre.

Pride of the collection are the rare British dockyard models made to scale for affluent 18th-century clients
closely associated with the Navy. A large number of models- made from wood and bone, with rigging of
human hair- were made by some of the 120,000 French and other prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars. The diverse collection also includes tugs, dredgers, trawlers, cargo vessels, passenger steamers, private yachts, corvettes, battleships, cruisers, torpedo boat destroyers and two aircraft carriers. The author (curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) considers the rich history and the artistry of model shipbuilding. New photography captures the incredible workmanship - the carving, casting, gilding and stitching - that such model-making demands.