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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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A watercolour view of the garden front of Aston Hall, Birmingham, with figures promenading on the lawn and an artist's stool and easel in the foreground. Signed and dated at lower left: R.P.Leitch.1859. Inscribed in a different hand at lower right: 18 June 1858. Reproduced in a supplement of the Illustrated London News, featuring the royal visit to Birmingham, dated 3 July 1858.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Aston Hall on June 15, 1858, as part of their royal tour to Birmingham. The Jacobean Hall had recently been acquired by a private company and, as Victoria recorded in her journal, was "to be converted into a People's Museum & Park." The Queen and Prince Albert enjoyed lunch in the hall before the park was declared open to the public.