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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

William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

Osborne House from below the terrace Aug 1851

RCIN 919847

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This watercolour by one of Victoria’s favourite artist’s William Leighton Leitch shows the steps leading down from the Italianate terrace. The steps are flanked by a pair of stone lions, which were copies after statues Albert had seen in Florence. Queen Victoria greatly enjoyed the time she spent at Osborne, recording in her journal on 18 July 1854: ‘We breakfasted on the terrace with its fountains playing and the air perfumed with the smell of orange blossoms and rose, which quite cover the pergola.