SS Gothic: the Duke of Edinburgh's day cabin

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Commentary

The SS Gothic was a passenger liner chartered by the government to accommodate Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their Empire tour. The image shows how interior decorators working for the Royal Family incorporated this upper-middle-class vocabulary of interior furnishing and display. The creation of a facsimile of land-based domesticity on board ship was frequently used to denote the status, rank and authority of the occupant. Lower status inhabitants found interior environments that made fewer attempts to conceal the realities of nautical life.

Themes

Consumer Practices
Gender / Sexualities
Human Relationships
Labour
Leisure
Social Position

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements
Context

Dwelling

Type
Institutional
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Elite

Activities

Type
Detail

Rooms

Type
Leisure / Games Room
Multifunctional Living Space
Social and Sitting Spaces
Work Space
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
Uninhabited
Detail

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
Equipment
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display
Seating
Lighting

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Names
Date(s)
1952
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Photograph
Type
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
by permission of The Imperial War Museum.
Location
Imperial War Museum, London: Photograph Collection, A. 32047
Record ID
QC1030