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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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    View in a ball room, with a couple dancing in the centre, surrounded by other elegantly dressed couples, a lady playing the piano in the background and at the left a black servant carrying a tray of drinks; a proof of an illustration to an unidentified book, after Isaac Robert Cruikshank.


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    • 1824-1841
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    • Height: 72 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 103 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image at bottom with production detail: "R.C." and "Byfield Sc".
  • Curator's comments

    See 1873,0712.1426 for comment.

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    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
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    British Masters Portfolio

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