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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1760s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finch, Charlotte (Lady) (scribe)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany inscribed in ink and 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 of Italy was possibly drawn by Lady Charlotte Finch, and cut to her direction. The original dissection may have been more extensive, as Savoy is cut from a different coloured wood. 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

Manuscript dissection puzzle of Italy, from 1750s, thin mahogany with names inscribed in ink in French and cut to shape along province lines in 17 pieces.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1760s (made)


Finch, Charlotte (Lady) (scribe)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany inscribed in ink and cut to shape.


height: 43.3 cm, width: 35 cm

Descriptive line

Manuscript dissection puzzle of Italy, 1760s, 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


Ink; Mahogany


Cutting; Manuscript

Subjects depicted

Geography; Jigsaw puzzles; Judaism


Children & Childhood; Games; Royalty

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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