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The Gillies' Ball


Watercolour and bodycolour | 30.5 x 43.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919531

Victoria and Albert regularly hosted balls at Balmoral when in residence. The decoration of the ballroom had a strongly Highland flavour, with hanging swords, spears and targes (shields) draped in Royal Stewart tartan, and stags’ heads set on carved oval wreaths around the walls. Here Victoria, Albert and their party watch Lord MacDuff performing a sword dance.

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