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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

Fingal's Cave, Isle of Staffa circa

RCIN 919679

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Leitch’s watercolour records Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa, one of the Inner Hebrides, on their tour of the west coast of Scotland in 1847. The sea cave, formed entirely of hexagonal jointed basalt columns, inspired Felix Mendelssohn’s overture The Hebrides, composed after a visit in 1829. Commissioned by Queen Victoria