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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1770s (painted)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and ink drawing on pasteboard

  • 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 watercolour map was drawn by a child. The borders for most countries of Asia have been drawn in but only in the Near East have countries been identified, including some rivers and place names from the Old Testament. 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

Watercolour and pen drawing on pasteboard, depicting a map of Asia coloured with watercolour wash in yellow, Africa in green and Europe in pink.

Place of Origin

England (probably, painted)


1770s (painted)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and ink drawing on pasteboard


height: 15.1 cm, width: 18.4 cm

Descriptive line

Water-colour and pen drawing of Asia on pasteboard, 1770s, from Lady Charlotte Finch's puzzle cabinet (B.1-2011)

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


Water-colour; Pasteboard


Painting (image-making); Drawing

Subjects depicted

Water-colours; Maps; Geography


Children & Childhood; Royalty; Drawings

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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