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An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in

Their history, form and function

George Washington Wilson (1823-93)

Balmoral Castle from the South. c. 1859

RCIN 2320001

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This photograph by the Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson from around 1859 show two gardeners mowing the expansive lawn using a horse-drawn lawnmower. Prince Albert was a keen adopter of new inventions such as the lawnmower, with one of the first models being used at Buckingham Palace. Described as a rotary cutter drawn by a pony, it could have been similar to the type being used here.