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Puzzle cabinet

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1760s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    B.1:1 & 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

This cabinet belonged to Lady Charlotte Finch, Royal Governess to the children of George III. She had it commissioned to hold several dissected map puzzles, which she had created for the royal children. Many of these have survived, having been kept within the cabinet (see B.2 to 19-2011).
Finch is credited in a note within the cabinet, by an unknown hand, as having created dissected map puzzles. Educational pastimes of this variety, however, had begun to increase in number immensely during the latter half of the 18th century, with leisure time becoming linked to marketable commodities aimed at those with disposable income.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1760s (manufactured)


Unknown (artist)


height: 103 cm, width: 48 cm, depth: 29 cm

Descriptive line

Lady Charlotte Finch's puzzle cabinet, upper cabinet with 13 drawers on lower cabinet with legs, varnished mahogany and brass fittings, English, 1760s.

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. 168 p.

Subjects depicted

Puzzles; Cabinets; Royalty


Children & Childhood; Royalty; Furniture

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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