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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


John Collet (Biographical details)

John Collet (painter/draughtsman; British; Male; c. 1725 - 1780)

Also known as

Collet, John; Collett, John


Painter of genre low-life subjects; b. London; d. London 1780; studied St. Martin's Lane Academy and was pupil of Lambert; exhibited FS 1761-80 and posthumously 1783; popularized by engravings by John Goldar; according to Alexander, Collet's output falls into three periods: in the late 1760s, a number of his designs were engraved by Goldar and others for Thomas Bradford of Fleet Street; 1768-73, prints after his work were jointly published by Robert Sayer and John Smith, and from 1774-76 by Sayer and Bennett; 1777-81, mezzotints after his designs published by Carington Bowles.


David Alexander, "Prints after John Collet: their publishing history and a chronological checklist", Eighteenth-Century Life (pub. College of William and Mary), XXVI.1, Winter 2002, pp.136-146 (offprint in BM)