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George M. Greig (c.1820-67)

Queen Victoria's Sitting Room or Morning Drawing-Room, Palace of Holyroodhouse dated 1863

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 29.6 x 39.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919568

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The palace’s royal quarters were extensively redecorated in advance of Victoria’s first stay. The ceiling here is richly painted to harmonise with the colours of the tapestry panels hung on the walls, which depict the story of the goddess Diana. The interior decoration was carried out by D.R. Hay & Co., the Edinburgh firm who had been employed by Sir Walter Scott at his residence Abbotsford, and had a reputation for experimental colour schemes.