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James William Giles (1801-70)

Lochnagar dated 2 Jul 1850

Watercolour over pencil | 30.2 x 45.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919624

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Lochnagar, the name given to both a loch and a mountain near Balmoral, became a favourite beauty spot for Victoria and Albert. Following their first successful expedition to the top of the mountain together, Victoria described it as ‘one of the wildest, grandest things imaginable … Albert thinks it very like the Crater of Mount Vesuvius.’ James Giles was an Aberdonian landscape painter who made many views of Balmoral and its surroundings for his royal patrons.