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Gourlay Steell (1819-94)

Highland Cattle in the Pass of Leny Signed and dated 1876

RCIN 403647

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This painting was commissioned by Queen Victoria from Steell soon after he was appointed Her Majesty’s Animal Painter for Scotland in 1873. It shows a remote location in the Trossachs which the queen knew well. She had crossed the Pass of Leny, north of Callander, in 1869, and encountered ‘endless droves of wild looking, very small, shaggy West Highland cattle, with their drovers & dogs – most wild & picturesque – going to Falkirk tryst’. Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1874