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Technological improvements enabled Prince Albert to collect photographs of places that were significant to him


Albert's sport

29 Sep 1854

Pencil, watercolour and pen and ink on tracing paper | 16.8 x 41.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980583

A watercolour showing a row of six dead stags. A tracing of RCIN 980030.c. They are shown lying, facing right with their backs shown to the front. Each stag has their weight inscribed beneath them, from left to right: (Hind) 8 ston, 11 ston, 12 st 8lbs, 13st 9lbs, 13st 3lbs, 12 st - 6lbs.
Inscribed below: Albert's sport - Sept: 28 - 1854. Killed with 6 shots - out stalking on the Muickle Pass - VR sketched from her window Balmoral (old house) - Sept: 29 54.

Deer stalking was a favourite pastime of Prince Albert, especially while staying at Balmoral. Queen Victoria would often sketch her husband's prizes once they had been brought back to Balmoral. Queen Victoria describes in her journal how Prince Albert spent the whole day of 28 September 1854 stalking and "killed with 6 shots, 5 stags & a hind out of one lot, which is quite wonderful & almost unheard of!". She proudly documented his kill in her sketchbook the next day.
  • Creator(s)

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    Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901) (artist)

  • 16.8 x 41.2 cm (sheet of paper)

  • From the collection of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Field sports (hunting, shooting, stalking)
            • Stag hunting
            • Hunting methods
              • Stalking
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Deer
              • Red deer
                • Stags (male deer)
                • Hinds (female of the red deer)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Aberdeenshire [Scotland]
              • Balmoral Castle [Aberdeenshire]