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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1760s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finch, Charlotte (Lady) (scribe)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany inscribed in pencil 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 Europe was possibly drawn by Lady Charlotte Finch, and cut to her direction. The pieces are labelled in pencil on one side in French, and on the other in English. The English is possibly written in a child's hand, with the 'S' of Spain written backwards. 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 Europe, from 1750s, thin mahogany with names inscribed in pencil in French on one side and English on the other and cut to shape along country lines in 12 pieces.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1760s (made)


Finch, Charlotte (Lady) (scribe)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany inscribed in pencil and cut to shape.


height: 51 cm, width: 45 cm

Descriptive line

Manuscript dissection puzzle of Europe, 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


Mahogany; Pencil


Cutting; Manuscript

Subjects depicted

Judaism; Geography; Jigsaw puzzles


Children & Childhood; Games; Royalty

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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