About The Heads

About the Heads is an exhibition at the Heritage Gallery, University of Greenwich. The exhibition showcases work made by three artists in response to a collection of 300-years old stone heads found kept in the Undercroft to Queen Anne’s Court at the Old Royal Naval College. Here, these mysterious heads from 18th century depict Neptune and other denizens of the deep.

The heads were carved by Robert Jones of Stepney in the early 1700s and were originally intended for display upon the south elevation of the Painted Hall. A decision to use brick instead of stone meant the heads were abandoned, and for 300 years have languished out of sight. (Rosie Dagstir, 2019)