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David Roberts (1796-1864)

The ruins of Holyrood Abbey dated 1823

Pencil and watercolour | 35.1 x 23.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919572

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Victoria and Albert particularly admired the picturesque ruins of Holyrood Abbey, visible from the royal apartments, which they both sketched. Though painted 30 years earlier, this watercolour is inscribed on the back with the date ‘Sept 5/53’, and was probably added to an album in 1853 as a souvenir of the royal couple’s overnight stay en route to Balmoral.