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  • Place of origin:

    France (engraving)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palairet, Jean, born 1697 - died 1774 (cartographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving mounted on thin mahogany, cut to shape.

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Art Fund jointly to the V&A Museum of Childhood and the Historic Royal Palaces.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dissected map is one of eight constructed from plates in the first edition (1755) of Jean Palairet's Atlas méthodique composé pour l'usage de son altesse sérénissime monseigneur le prince d'Orange et de Nassau, Stadhouder des Sept Provinces-Unies, etc. etc. etc.. They would have been cut to Lady Charlotte Finch's direction and were housed in her puzzle cabinet (B.1-2011). Palairet's atlas was a simplified version designed for educational purposes, and Lady Finch commissioned these puzzles for the children of George III, in her role as Royal Governess.

Physical description

Engraved map of North America ca. 1750s, mounted on thin mahogany and cut to shape in 18 pieces.

Place of Origin

France (engraving)
England (made)


ca. 1755 (made)


Palairet, Jean, born 1697 - died 1774 (cartographer)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving mounted on thin mahogany, cut to shape.


height: 47 cm, width: 36 cm

Descriptive line

Dissection puzzle of the continent of North America, 1760s, engraving mounted on mahogany, from Lady Charlotte Finch's puzzle cabinet.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shefrin, Jill. Such Constant Affectionate Care: Lady Charlotte Finch - Royal Governess & the Children of George III . Los Angeles: The Cotsen Occasional Press, 2003


Paper; Ink; Mahogany


Mounting; Cutting; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Geography; Jigsaw puzzles


Children & Childhood; Games; Royalty

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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