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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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    A woman holding a fan half-open, in front of her at waist level, holding the edge with the other hand, standing beside an overgrown tree wearing a gown with bows on the bodice, and a white cap, a garden walk with firs and fountain in the background to right; after Joseph van Haecken.

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    • 1735-1757 (circa)
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    • Height: 348 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 252 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered below the image with ten lines of verse from Pope's 'Rape of the Lock', 'Her lively looks a sprightly Mind disclose ... Look on her Face, & you'll forget them all', and "Jos. Van haecken Pinx. / Alex. Van haecken Fecit / Sold by Alex. Van haecken the corner of little Queen Street in Holborn".
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    • Chaloner Smith 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

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    • Associated Title: The Rape of the Lock (Canto II)
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