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Richard Principal Leitch (1826-82)

Aston Hall, Birmingham dated 1859

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 23.0 x 33.4 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920244

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On 15 June 1858 Victoria and Albert visited Aston Hall. As the Queen recorded in her journal, the magnificent Jacobean house was to be ʻconverted into a Peopleʼs Museum & Parkʼ. The royal couple had lunch in the hall and met members of the public before the park was declared open. Richard Principal Leitch’s view reflects the purpose of the visit, as he shows people enjoying the grounds.