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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'The "Sanctuary"'


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 (1803-73) (artist)

  • (16.)/ The Prince Consort's Writing Room./ South Side

    [above work] The "Sanctuary" [below work] E. LANDSEER./ Oil on canvas. 5 ft x 2 ft.

  • 4.0 x 10.0 cm (image)

    28.0 x 34.4 cm (mount)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • 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