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Photographic portrait of Princess Louise, looking to the right of camera

The captivating life and art of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter

View of a garden c. 1865

Pencil and watercolour | 8.8 x 12.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 981649.l

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the Osborne estate on the Isle of Wight in 1845. It became a place for the royal family to live away from intense court life and enjoy their privacy, but still entertain visitors on occasion. This watercolour is from one of Louise’s sketchbooks and shows the gardens at Osborne House, which were also a favourite subject for her mother, Queen Victoria. A path is shown in the foreground, leading to a covered archway; flower beds are depicted around the path and the sea can be seen in the background.