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Board game - l'orient or the indian travellers, a game

l'orient or the indian travellers, a game

  • Object:

    Board game

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1845-1847 (published)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design: hand coloured etching, 9 panels mounted on linen
No. of squares: 36
Squares illustrated: all
Square numbering: all
Squares titled: 9
Subject of starting square: 1714
Subject of ending square: 1845-6

Place of Origin

London (published)


1845-1847 (published)

Object history note

David Ogilvy was at 27 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square until about 1845 then until 1847 at 12 Rathbone Place. After this date the lithographers L'Enfant Brothers were at the address.
The last date is partly obliterated and is either 1845 or 1846; the game will have been published by 1847.
There is a price marked on the cover which is consistent with the cost of such a game at the time, 6/6.

Games & Puzzles, CGG

Historical context note

Rewards: extra turns, forward movement
Forfeits: missed turns, backward movement
No. of Players: any
Equipment required: game
markers and counters

The game is a hand coloured etching, 9 panels mounted on linen.

The title is across the top and the publisher's details at the bottom. The game is in three parts. At the top are medallions, each showing a portrait of sovereign from George l to Victoria with the dates of their reigns. The central part of the game is a map of Europe, Africa and Asia with three sailing routes from England to India; one route is numbered and major cities are shown. Around three sides of the game are 36 squares in two layers. Each square is dated and illustrated and linked by a tree root design in sets of 3 pairs. The starting date is 1714 and the finishing one 184? with the last number obliterated - it may be 1845 or 1846. Below the title ae three illustrations of prominent Indian towns, Calcutta, Bombay and Madras/

There is no booklet and the rules were probably written in it. The game is probably played with a teetotum and markers. The players move from one square to another, must read out the details found in the booklet and match the event illustrated and sovereign.

Attached to the top centre panel is a card folder into which folds the game. It is covered with dark red embossed cloth and stamped in gold with the title. To the upper right is a price 6/6. This may be the original price as it is consistent with the average cost of these games at the time.

Rules placement: booklet

Descriptive line

Board game entitled L'Orient or the Indian Travellers, published by David Ogilvy in England between 1845-47. It is made from hand coloured etching mounted on linen.; Etching mounted on linen, English, 1845-47

Production Note

david ogilvy


Type: race
Subject: historical, geographical


Museum of Childhood

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