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James Duffield Harding (1797-1863)

The Palace of Holyroodhouse c.1845-55

Watercolour and bodycolour | 26.5 x 41.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919566

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On their first day at the ‘interesting & ancient Palace of my ancestors’ in 1850, the queen and her family explored the building thoroughly, visiting the abbey ruins, the picture gallery and the apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots. The following morning they climbed Arthur’s Seat, seen in the background here, and Victoria declared that the ‘view at the top is very rewarding’.