Sea change

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MARINE archaeologists are bat­tling the el­e­ments to ex­ca­vate and record the crum­bling wreck of an 18th-cen­tury Dutch trad­ing ves­sel, the Rooswijk, which sank off the Kent coast in the win­ter of 1740.

The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Com­pany ship bound for Batavia (now Jakarta), on the In­done­sian ar­chi­pel­ago, laden with sil­ver in­gots and coinage, but it went down on the no­to­ri­ous Good­win Sands, known to have claimed more than 2,000 ships over the cen­turies (Town & Coun­try, May 10). The strong cur­rents and shift­ing sands of the area mean the ex­posed re­mains of the pro­tected wreck site are clas­si­fied as ‘high risk’ in His­toric Eng­land’s Her­itage at Risk reg­is­ter.

A wooden sea­man’s ch­est, carved knife han­dles and pewter jugs (right) have so far been re­cov­ered. The pub­lic can see the finds and learn more in an open day at Rams­gate on Septem­ber 16. Visit www.his­tori­ceng­land.org.uk/get-in­volved/visit/rooswi­jk­ship­wreck-ex­ca­va­tion for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Jack Watkins From Vic­to­rian corsetry to the ‘sweaters and slacks’ of the Roar­ing For­ties, ‘A Flair for Fash­ion: Bri­tish Por­trai­ture 1888– 1945’ is a cel­e­bra­tion of the art of dress and the chang­ing ideals of beauty through the medium of Bri­tish por­trai­ture. So­ci­ety fig­ures are de­picted, as well as muses and mod­els, by artists in­clud­ing Philip de Lás­zló, Au­gus­tus John, Stan­ley Cur­siter, James Shan­non (above) and Sir John Lav­ery. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Septem­ber 20 to Oc­to­ber 20 at Richard Green, New Bond Street, London W1 (www.richard­green.com).

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