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Richard Principal Leitch (1826-82)

Crossing the Poll Tarff, 9 October 1861 c.1862-3

Watercolour and bodycolour | 28.0 x 45.4 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919686

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In 1860 and 1861 the queen and prince made four ‘Great Expeditions’, travelling incognito to scenic spots in the Cairngorms and staying overnight in local inns. During the third expedition, the Duke of Atholl and his men escorted the royal party across the river by the Falls of Tarf at the head of Glen Tilt. The group includes Victoria, Albert, their daughter Alice and her fiancé Prince Louis of Hesse, with two pipers leading the way. Victoria commissioned this work after Albert’s death, in memory of their happy times in Scotland.