Have you seen
the original lantern used by Guy Fawkes on 5 November? Or the dog who inspired Nana in Peter Pan? If Guy Fawkes had got his wayback in 1605, his lantern would certainly have helped light up the Houses of Parliament. Fortunately for the roomful of MPs sitting just above his head, the whole idea was snuffed out by an intrepid magistrate named Peter Heywood, whose brother donated the lantern to the Ashmolean for safekeeping. Find it in Gallery 2: The Ashmolean Story.
Mark Gertler’s painting
of Gilbert Cannan and his Mill also features Gilbert’s two faithful dogs Luath and Porthos. It just so happens that Porthos was previously owned by JM Barrie and inspired the fictional dog ‘Nana’ who looked after the children in Peter Pan. You can find the dogs in Gallery 62: Modern Art.
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