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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.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Edward Prentis (Biographical details)

Edward Prentis (painter/draughtsman; British; Male; 1797 - 1854)

Also known as

Prentis, Edward


2 Tavistock Row, Covent Garden (1823; Royal Academy catalogue) 5 Hornton Street, Kensington (1826-33; Society of British Artists catalogues) 9 Hornton Street, Kensington (1833-45; Society of British Artists catalogues)


Painter and draughtsman; commissioned by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1848 to make drawings of ivories and bronze bowls from Austen Henry Layard's excavations at Nimrud (Mesopotamia) of which the drawings are still preserved in the Department of Middle East and some of the drawings of ivories were reproduced in Layard's 'Monuments of Nineveh'; in 1850 presented a group of old master drawings formerly in the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds (q.v).


'Novelties in the British Museum', in 'The Daily News', 22 April 1851, p.3