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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

Osborne House from below the terrace Aug 1851

RCIN 919847

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The gardens at Osborne House, laid out in accordance with Prince Albert’s plans, reflected the latest in Victorian gardening style. Leitch’s watercolour shows the profusion of mass-produced garden sculpture which adorned the new terracing. At the base of the steps are two lions created in artificial stone by the English firm Austin & Seely, based on casts from the Medici lions in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence.