The jigsaw puzzle is generally credited to John Spilsbury, and the first versions were learning tools, maps, which makes sense as Spilsbury was also a cartographer. Some amazing examples of these early map puzzles can viewed through the Library of Congress’ website. If you like puzzles and a challenge, you can check out artist Clemens Habicht‘s series of color puzzles which come in 100, 1000, and 5000 piece versions. The puzzle pieces all feature a slightly different solid color which must be assembled in color order.
Jigsaw Puzzle, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board