What just happened?

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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Collection online

Additional options
Production date to

Or search by


Sir John Jervis

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Sir John Jervis
  • Description

    Portrait, almost half-length standing directed to right, looking towards the viewer, left arm outstretched, wearing naval uniform with sash and star, frilled cravat and powdered wig tied at the nape; after Stuart; scratched open-letter proof. 1794

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1794
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 378 millimetres
    • Width: 280 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Scratched below the image with the title in open letters, continuing 'Kinght of the Bath, Vice Admiral of the White, & Commander in Chief of his Majestys Ships at the Reduction of the Islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, Guadaloupe, Marie-Galante, Deseada, & the Saints', a dedication to the owner of the original 'Capital' painting, Francis Stevens Esqr, from the publishers, and "T. Stuart pinxt. / Robt. Laurie fecit / Published August 1794, by Robt. Laurie & Jas. Whittle, No. 53, Fleet Street, London. Successors to the late Mr. Robt. Sayer.".
  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 31.I bibliographic details
    • Russell 31.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: PPA187572

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help