The Collections

Curator's pick: George III's ship models

Created: 31.03.11

When John Montagu became First Lord of the Admiralty in 1771, one of his priorities was to get King George III more interested in the Royal Navy. Lord Montagu organised visits to the Dockyards and to the Fleet, and he also commissioned models to be made for the exclusive use of the King and his eldest son. He knew that models would appeal to the King’s enquiring mind and love of craftsmanship. No expense was spared on these models, all made by artisans working in the Royal Dockyards. They are of the highest quality and attention to detail, indeed, all fit for a King. (John Graves, NMM Curator of Ship Models)

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