Not currently on display at the V&A

Puzzle

ca. 1755 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Materials and Techniques
Engraving mounted on thin mahogany, cut to shape.
Brief Description
Dissection puzzle of the continent of North America, 1760s, engraving mounted on mahogany, from Lady Charlotte Finch's puzzle cabinet.
Physical Description
Engraved map of North America ca. 1750s, mounted on thin mahogany and cut to shape in 18 pieces.
Dimensions
  • Height: 47cm
  • Width: 36cm
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Presented by Art Fund jointly to the V&A Museum of Childhood and the Historic Royal Palaces.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Association
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Shefrin, Jill. Such Constant Affectionate Care: Lady Charlotte Finch - Royal Governess & the Children of George III . Los Angeles: The Cotsen Occasional Press, 2003
Collection
Accession Number
B.6-2011

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record createdNovember 24, 2011
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