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Puzzle

  • Place of origin:

    France (engraving)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    1760s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palairet, Jean (cartographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving mounted on thin mahogany, cut to shape.

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    B.2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This dissected map is one of eight constructed from plates in the first edition (1755) of Jean Palairet's Atlas méthodique composé pour l'usage de son altesse sérénissime monseigneur le prince d'Orange et de Nassau, Stadhouder des Sept Provinces-Unies, etc. etc. etc.. They would have been cut to Lady Charlotte Finch's direction and were housed in her puzzle cabinet (B.1-2011). Palairet's atlas was a simplified version designed for educational purposes, and Lady Finch commissioned these puzzles for the children of George III, in her role as Royal Governess.

  • Physical description

    Engraved map of Europe ca. 1750s, mounted on thin mahogany and cut to shape in 25 pieces.

  • Dimensions

    height: 48 cm, width: 55 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Dissection puzzle of the continent of Europe, 1760s, engraving mounted on 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

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Unique

  • Collection code

    Museum of Childhood