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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

Osborne House from below the terrace Aug 1851

Watercolour | 16.0 x 23.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919847

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The Italianate landscaping and massed planting of vibrant flowers undertaken at Osborne by Prince Albert were the latest fashion in garden design. Victoria recorded in her journal that Albert planted ‘very rare & exotic looking plants’ there, including the succulent Agave americana next to the lion on the left.