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Set of toy bricks

Miscellaneous Antiquities

Object connections:

Collection Miscellaneous Antiquities
ExhibitionsNelson, Navy, Nation
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: Nelson, Horatio
EventsDeath of Nelson, 1805

Object details:

Object ID ZBA1479
Description A set of 57 wooden play blocks depicting Nelson's funeral procession, 9 January 1806: in a wooden box with a sliding lid. A striped silk ribbon is associated with the box. Each block is wedge shaped and stands on its shortest side, a section of a print showing a part of the procession is glued to its widest face. Based on a print on paper by John Wallis published in March 1806, see PAG6714. The title of the print is glued to the lid, inscribed as follows: 'Britain's last tribute of gratitude to her departed HERO exhibiting the Order observed in the PUBLIC FUNERAL PROCESSION of the late Viscount Admiral HORATIO, VISCOUNT NELSON from the Admiralty to St. Paul's Cathedral on Thursday the 9th day of January 1806. At least one block is a replacement (37) and one is missing (20). There were originally 58 blocks.
Date made circa 1806

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; paper; polychrome
Measurements Overall: 40 mm x 344 mm x 193 mm
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