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Creator:
Fox, George.
Title(s):

Laurie & Whittle's new, moral & entertaining game of the mansion of happiness / invented by George Fox, W.M., author of The cottagers, and various poetical pieces.

Additional Title(s):

New, moral & entertaining game of the mansion of happiness

Mansion of happiness

At head of sheet: Virtue rewarded and vice punished

Published/Created:
London : Published ... by Robert Laurie & James Whittle, No. 53 Fleet Street, 13 Octr. 1800.
Physical Description:
1 game : hand-colored engraving ; sheet 47 x 58 cm, folded to 12 x 19 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2021 1d
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Ellen and Arthur Liman, Yale JD 1957
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Notes:
The rules of the game appear in the middle of the game sheet.
Liman, E. Georgian and Victorian board games, pages 48-49
Seville, A. Royal game of the goose: 400 years of printed board games, no. 69
Whitehouse, F.R.B. Table games of Georgian and Victorian days, page 51
Selected exhibitions: "Instruction and Delight: Children's Games from the Ellen and Arthur Liman Collection" (Yale Center for British Art, 17 January-23 May, 2019).
This game was played with dice, unusual for the period because of its association with gambling. The path to the central panel, the "Mansion of Happiness" (a depiction of Oatlands Park, the home of the Duchess of York, Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, to whom the game was dedicated), was paved with various rewards and hazards. A player who landed on square labeled "Piety, Honesty, Sobriety or Gratitude,” for example, could move ahead six spaces, while the player landing on "Perjurer, Cruelty, Immodesty, or Ingratitude," 'must return to his former situation, till his turn comes to throw again, & not even think of Happiness, much less partake of it."
"As the title indicates, this is a game of moral improvement, probably one of the earliest British board games, the most famous, influential, and, unfortunately for the artist George Fox, the most copied ..."--Liman.
Subject Terms:
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature.
Educational games.
Liman, Ellen and Arthur -- Provenance.
Form/Genre:
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Board games.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1800.
Contributors:
Laurie & Whittle.
Collection of Ellen and Arthur Liman (Yale Center for British Art)
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