Do you own documentary watercolours from before 1900? Share them here.

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017 | Licence: All Rights Reserved
Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017 | Licence: All Rights Reserved

Dalkeith Palace seen from the River Esk

1842

William Leighton Leitch

From the collection

Title

Dalkeith Palace seen from the River Esk

Date

1842

Description

A watercolour view of Dalkeith Palace, seen in the distance beneath the bridge over the River Esk in which two men are fishing.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made their first visit to Scotland in September 1842. The royal tour was largely organised by the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Midlothian and Gold Stick of Scotland, and the Queen and Prince stayed at Dalkeith Palace, the seat of the Duke, for a number of nights during their stay. The house can be seen in the distance beneath the Montague Bridge (designed by Robert Adam in 1792) over the River Esk. Queen Victoria described Dalkeith as `a large house built of reddish stone ' and the Park is fine & large'. She walked in the extensive grounds, `down by the stream (the river Esk), under a fine bridge, up a steep bank along the river'.
This watercolour is one of a series commissioned by the Duke from Leitch (who counted the Duchess of Buccleuch amongst his pupils) in the autumn of 1844. They were intended to be given to Queen Victoria as souvenirs of her visit, but the Queen did not receive the watercolours until 1888.

Disclaimer

TWW try to keep the information on this page up to date. However, for the most accurate information you should always consult the owning collection

From the Watercolour World

Location

Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith, Scotland

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Medium

Credits

Image Credit

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Image Licence

Spotted an error? Let us know: enq[email protected]colourworld.org

Leave a comment

Do you know more about this painting and the story behind it? Please share your thoughts below.