Explore: Art of Artillery
For many centuries, guns were royal and national status symbols. They were expensive to make, and often included some decoration in the design.
Sometimes an especially splendid gun was required for propaganda or decorative purposes; some of which are on display here.
Decorated bronze cannon with wooden carriage carved with two furies grasping torches.
Dates from 1773 | Object number: XIX.79
Bronze cannon in the form of a dragon.
Dates from 1790 | Object number: XIX.123