Ode to 'Fido' the toy lion


About this object

This 'Ode' was written by Ruth Merington, a passenger on board Cunard's RMS Alaunia during a wartime Atlantic crossing in July 1916. She met the Mildon family during the Atlantic voyage, and was lent 7 year old Nancy's toy lion 'Fido' (MMM.1995.4.1) for part of the voyage by Nancy's mother (much to Nancy's consternation). In gratitude Ruth composed this poem and also drew a charming illustration (MMM.1995.4.3) for the Mildon family to keep. Nancy treasured them for many years before fianlly donating the collection to the museum.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Ode to 'Fido' the toy lion
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Ruth Merington
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1914 - 1916
  • Materials
    Paper; Glass; Wood
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    190 x 240 mm
  • Related people
    Ruth Merington (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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