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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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  • Description

    Dancing under a tree, two women dancing in the centre, to the music played by harp and violin on the right, some climbing ladder to get apples from the tree; frontispiece to 'The Battle of Life' by Charles Dickens (London: 1846, Bradbury & Evans).

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    • 1846
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    • Height: 138 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 90 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered below image with production detail: "D Maclise RA / John Thompson".
  • Curator's comments

    Printed with 1871,0812.2776 on one sheet.

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    British Masters Portfolio

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    • Associated Title: The Battle of Life
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    Prints & Drawings

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