The Manuscript Pattern Book of Figurehead Carver R. Lee

Among the many books on nautical architecture in the Library's Alfred S. Brownell Collection, there is one volume unlike the others. It is a notebook filled with the hand-drawn sketches of human and animal figures intended to become figureheads decorating nineteenth-century ships. The volume belonged to R. Lee, a figurehead carver working in Jersey, an island in the English Channel, and Lee seems to have been active there sometime around 1840. 

You can now view the entirety of the pattern book online.

More information about Lee is available in volume 2, issue 3 of Occasional Nuggets.