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HRH The Prince of Wales (b. 1948)

Balmoral Castle

RCIN 300108

In 1991 a selection of paintings by The Prince of Wales was published in a book entitled HRH The Prince of Wales: Watercolours. The paintings were accompanied with recollections from His Royal Highness about the particular circumstances surrounding each work. For his painting of the Scottish castle, The Prince of Wales wrote: ‘What I love about Balmoral … is the wonderful shadows. They, alone, made my painting finger itch, so I sat out in a field on three consecutive days at exactly the same time of day, being examined by some rather inquisitive Highland cows. This was my first attempt at drawing and painting the castle…’ When reflecting on the architectural challenges of painting Sandringham House, His Royal Highness recalled: ‘It is a veritable minefield of gables, bow windows, parapets, balustrades, towers, cupolas and gigantic chimneys. Trying to get the perspective right was an intriguing challenge in itself… The painting took me days to complete