13 April 1879
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A watercolour showing a panoramic Highland landscape. Possibly executed under the tutelage of WL Leitch. Grass and heather is shown on a hill in the lower foreground. Highland hills are shown behind, stretching into the distance. A river is shown snaking through a valley to the right and a loch is shown to the left. From the age of eight Queen Victoria received regular lessons in drawing and watercolour from professional artists including Richard Westall (1765 – 1836) and Edward Lear (1812 – 88). However, it was the Scottish landscape painter William Leighton Leitch (1804 – 83) with whom she had the most enduring relationship, as he taught her for 22 years. Before teaching Queen Victoria, Leitch had established an impressive reputation as an art tutor, with his pupils including the Duchess of Buccleuch, the Duchess of Sutherland and Queen Victoria’s lady-in-waiting Charlotte Canning.
Descriptive Medium: 'Pencil, watercolour', 'pencil, watercolour'