Rochester Castle, Rochester, Kent, England, England
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William Leighton Leitch
A watercolour view of Scone Palace, seen in the distance with the River Tay in the foreground, where a girl is seated and a man is fishing.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made their first visit to Scotland in 1842, and they stayed at Scone with the 4th Earl of Mansfield on 6 September.
This watercolour is one of a series commissioned by the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, the primary organiser of the royal tour, 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. At the sale of Leitch's studio contents in March 1884, a study for this watercolour, apparently drawn from nature, was purchased for the Queen.
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