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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83)

The Swiss Cottage, Osborne House drawn 1855

Pencil, watercolour and touches of bodycolour | 19.7 x 27.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919867

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The Swiss Cottage was built as a playhouse for the royal children in the gardens at Osborne House. Here they had their own space to learn skills such as gardening, cooking and sewing. A miniature dairy, which was used by the princes and princesses to make butter, cream and cheese, has recently been rediscovered in the cottage – its entrance had been blocked and plastered over.