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Memorial works

Following Albert’s premature death, Victoria commissioned the creation of photographs and decorative objects that memorialised her beloved husband


Sweetheart Abbey


Albumen print | 5.8 x 8.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2620056

Photograph of the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in the town of New Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway. In the foreground stand gravestones. Ivy covers the ruins.

The Cistercian Abbey of Dulce Cor or 'Sweetheart' was founded in 1273 by Dervorguilla of Galloway in memory of her deceased husband, John de Balliol whose embalmed heart she kept during her lifetime.
  • Creator(s)

    George Washington Wilson (1823-93) (photographer)

  • 5.8 x 8.8 cm (image)

    17.5 x 13.2 cm (whole object)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • Scotland
            • Dumfries & Galloway [Scotland]
              • Sweetheart Abbey [Dumfries & Galloway]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Abbeys
          • Christian church architecture
            • Churches