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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.

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    Poster advertising the foundation of the Institution for The Relief of Shipwrecked Mariners in Norfolk on 12 August 1811, with two images; at top, Justice, holding scales, and Aphrodite, holding a mirror, seated on a crown flying in the air, containing the Prince of Wales's feathers, and ribbon lettered with motto 'Ich dien'; at bottom, view of a shipwreck at the feet of a steep rock, surmounted by a castle; border of decorative lines surrounding image. 1811
    Wood engraving, with letterpress


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    • 1811
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    • Height: 348 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 257 millimetres (sheet)
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        Lettered in central inscription space in letterpress with 'An / Institution / for / The Relief of Shipwrecked Mariners, / was founded in / Norfolk, / in consequence of / an advertisement, and a letter / which was addressed to / The Magistrates of that county, / on / The twelfth of August, 1811: / being most humbly submitted / in honour of the birth-day / of / The Prince Regent.', below lower image with engraver's name 'J. Berryman, Sculpt.', and below border 'Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet-street, London.'.
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1982,U.877 featuring the same image at top.

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    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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