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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73)

'The "Sanctuary"' c.1863-5

Albumen print | 4.0 x 10.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2373719

Photograph of the painting 'The Sanctuary' (RCIN 403195). The painting depicts a stag walking to the shore of one of the many islands on Loch Maree in the Highlands of Scotland.

Queen Victoria purchased this painting from its first owner, William Wells of Redleaf after seeing it at the Royal Academy exhibition. She wrote in her journal, ‘My chief present to Albert was a beautiful picture of a stag swimming through water & disturbing wild duck. Mr Wells gave it up to me’ (26 August, 1842).

Photograph is from a folder of photographs of paintings and artworks displayed in Prince Albert's (1819-61) rooms. This painting was displayed in Prince Albert' writing room, on the south side.

  • Creator(s)

    After Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) (artist)

  • annotation: (16.)/ The Prince Consort's Writing Room./ South Side [upper mount]
    annotation: [above work] The "Sanctuary" [below work] E. LANDSEER./ Oil on canvas. 5 ft x 2 ft. [around photograph]
  • 4.0 x 10.0 cm (image)

    28.0 x 34.4 cm (mount)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • The Highlands [Scotland]
              • Loch Maree [Highlands]
      • Physiography
        • Lochs
        • Lakes
        • Mountains
    • Social sciences
      • Law
        • Civil law
          • Sanctuary (immunity from seizure)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Deer
              • Red deer
                • Stags (male deer)
          • Birds
            • Ducks
              • Mallards
      • Astronomy
        • Solar system
          • Moon
    • Geography
      • Systematic geography
        • Landscapes