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Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Copied from Landseer's drawing on the Dining room at Ardverikie dated 5 Sept 1847

Pencil | 20.5 x 27.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 980027.d

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Sometimes, copying a painting can be more useful than you think. While staying at Ardverikie House during a trip to Scotland in 1847, Queen Victoria set about sketching the murals which Edwin Landseer had designed for the lodge.  “I amused myself by trying to copy Landseer’s fine drawings on the wall, & succeeded fairly well with the stag,” Victoria wrote in her diary.  Little did she know that her sketches would become one of the only records of these murals, as Ardverikie House was destroyed by a fire in 1873.