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James Roberts (c. 1800-67)

The Drawing Room, Balmoral dated Sep 1857

Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil | 26.1 x 38.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919477

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In September 1853 Victoria laid the foundation stone of the new castle, designed by William Smith of Aberdeen, and the family first stayed there two years later. This is one of twelve interior views by James Roberts, who also painted watercolours of Osborne. Decorative elements include light-toned wood, thistle-patterned wallpaper, and the use of tartan as a furnishing material.