Church-ship model, associated with James VI (I of England)

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Postcard of Church-ship model, associated with James VI (I of England).
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Church-ship model, associated with James VI (I of England)

This shows the port rigging of a wooden church-ship model built in the late 16th or early 17th century. The model was probably constructed to celebrate the marriage and safe return to Scotland of James VI and his bride, Anne of Denmark, in 1590.

The upper details of the model are disproportionate as the ship was designed to be suspended. The underwater part of the hull is diminished in proportion and upper details such as carved work on the galleries, the guns and blocks are magnified.

This church-ship model has been part of the collections of Trinity House in Leith in Edinburgh and is unique in the Scottish context with no other early ship models surviving.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-309-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.666
Date: Late 16th or early 17th century
Material: Inscription: Taffrail: [monogram of Christian IV of Denmark]
What: Church ship / model
Who: Anne of Denmark
Christian IV of Denmark
James VI of Scotland
Trinity House, Leith (Owner)
Where: Denmark
Description: Church-ship model, late 16th or early 17th century, traditionally associated with James VI and his safe return to Scotland with Anne of Denmark in 1590
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