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After Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-73)

'The "Sanctuary"' c.1863-5

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

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This photograph is from a folder of photographs of paintings and artworks displayed in Prince Albert's (1819-61) rooms. The full album can be viewed online. The photograph is of painting 'The Sanctuary' by Sir Edwin Landseer. 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 bought this painting before her first visit to Scotland as Queen in September 1842. 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 principal present was Landseer's beautiful picture of a stag swimming through the water, & distributing a number of wild duck, - after having been hunted. This picture had already been purchased by old Mr Wells of Readleaf, but kindly gave it up to me.

Queen Victoria's Journal, RA VIC/MAIN/QVJ (W) 26 August 1842 (Princess Beatrice's copies)

The painting was placed in the Prince’s Writing Room at Windsor.