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Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848-1939)

View from the Hotel at the Furka dated 24 Aug 1868

Pencil and watercolour | 22.8 x 57.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980721

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  • A watercolour showing a view of a mountain landscape from the Furca Hotel, Switzerland. A road is shown snaking through a cliff in the foreground. A range of mountain peaks are shown behind, of which six are named above in pencil, from left to right: [?Thist]horn, Furkahorn, Vebia, Roseplatte, Krischbald, [?Sisucahorn]
    Inscribed lower left: View from the Hotel at the Furka 24 Aug /68 7.30 a.m.

    Princess Louise stayed in Pension Wallis, Lucerne, with her mother, Queen Victoria, from 7 August to 9 September 1868. The Queen wanted to see the Alps, which her beloved Prince Albert had visited before their marriage, and her doctors had also advised the Queen that the fresh air would be good for her health. On 22 August 1868 the royal party made an expedition to Furca through the St. Gotthard Pass. They stayed at the Furca Hotel from 22 to 25 August 1868, making daily trips to local beauty spots.

    This drawing is housed in an album of drawings by Princess Louise. For other items in the volume see Princess Louise Album.
  • Medium and techniques

    Pencil and watercolour


    22.8 x 57.5 cm (sheet of paper)