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Puzzle

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, engraved)

  • Date:

    1750s (engraved)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving mounted on thin mahogany and dissected.

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    B.14-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dissected map of middle Europewould have been cut to Lady Charlotte Finch's direction. It is a visually crowded map suggesting it was most likely not been designed as an educational tool, but rather for professional purposes. It includes parts of France, Italy and Poland Bohemia, Silesia, Austria and Hungary, Morvai and various German states. It was held in Lady Charlotte Finch's puzzle cabinet, in which she kept the dissected map puzzles she had commissioned for the children of George III, in her role as Royal Governess.

Physical description

Engraved map of middle Europe, from 1750s, mounted on thin mahogany and cut to shape in 29 pieces, with 14 detached parts (43 pieces all together).

Place of Origin

France (probably, engraved)

Date

1750s (engraved)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving mounted on thin mahogany and dissected.

Dimensions

height: 42.6 cm, width: 56.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dissection puzzle of middle Europe, 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

Materials

Paper; Ink; Mahogany

Techniques

Mounting; Cutting; Copper engraving

Subjects depicted

Judaism; Jigsaw puzzles; Geography

Categories

Children & Childhood; Games; Royalty

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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