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Allan Ramsay (1713-84), George III (1738-1820), c.1761-2. Oil on canvas, 249.5 x 163.2 cm. RCIN 405307. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

EDINBURGH.- Some of the finest works by many of Scotland's most celebrated artists, including Allan Ramsay, Sir David Wilkie and the Glasgow Boys, went on display in the first exhibition dedicated to Scottish art in the Royal Collection. From grand State portraits to miniatures of royal children, romantic Highland scenes to exotic views of the Continent, the exhibition includes more than 80 works of art acquired by monarchs, from George III to Her Majesty The Queen, many on display for the first time. Scottish Artists 1750 – 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent is at The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh from Thursday, 6 August, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. 

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Allan Ramsay (1713-84), Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) with her two Eldest Sons,  c. 1764-9. Oil on canvas, 247.8 x 165.0 cm. RCIN 404922. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

In 1822 George IV became the first British reigning monarch to visit Scotland in nearly 200 years. Scotland's most successful artist of the early 19th century, Sir David Wilkie, depicted the moment of the King's historic arrival at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The only artist to be appointed Principal Painter in Ordinary to three successive monarchs, Wilkie also painted the State portraits of William IV and Queen Victoria. Among the 17 works by Wilkie on display in the exhibition are the earliest image of Queen Victoria as reigning monarch, and the artist's first two royal commissions, The Penny Wedding and Blind-Man's-Buff, shown together for the first time in Scotland, alongside previously unseen preparatory sketches. 

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Allan Ramsay (1713-84), Prince William (1765-1837), later Duke of Clarence1767?. Oil on canvas, 127.5 x 101.5 cm. RCIN 404924. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's first visit to Scotland in September 1842 is recorded in William Leighton Leitch's Dalkeith House seen from the River Esk, 1844, on display for the first time. Leighton Leitch was Queen Victoria's drawing master for nearly 20 years, and the exhibition includes a previously unseen 'lesson in painting' for his royal pupil – a series of three small landscape drawings and a detailed note explaining the techniques and processes.  

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Allan Ramsay (1713-84), Prince George Augustus of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1748-85), 1768-70. Oil on canvas, 127.8 x 102.0 cm. RCIN 406963. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Victoria and Albert's well known affection for Scotland is reflected in the many works commissioned by the royal couple from Scottish artists to capture the world around them, including their favourite staff. A watercolour portrait of the Queen's Piper, William Ross, 1866, shows the subject in full Highland dress of Royal Stuart tartan playing the pipes on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle. 

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Allan Ramsay (1713-84), Princess Elizabeth Albertina, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1713-61), c.1769. Oil on canvas, 127.7 x 101.7 cm. RCIN 403553. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Works by the 19th-century Aberdeen artist James Giles are also on display. It was Giles's images of Balmoral that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were shown during negotiation of the lease in 1848 – they had never seen the estate themselves. Immediately following the acquisition, the Queen commissioned Giles to paint A View of Balmoral and A View of Lochnagar as Christmas presents for Prince Albert, together with five watercolours by the artist. 

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Blind-Man's Buff. Signed and dated 1812. Oil on panel, 63.2 x 91.8 cm. RCIN 405537. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Among the more personal works on display are miniatures by Sir William Ross, whom Queen Victoria commissioned to paint her first miniature portrait as monarch, shortly after her accession to the throne in 1837. Ross's miniature of the Queen is displayed alongside miniatures of four of her children at the ages of four or five, commissioned by Prince Albert as gifts to Victoria.  

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Penny Wedding. Signed and dated 1818. Oil on panel, 65.1 x 95.6 cm. RCIN 405536. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

On display for the first time are three vibrant watercolours by Sir James Guthrie, Edward Arthur Walton and Robert Macaulay Stevenson of the Glasgow Boys. A circle of around 20 artists and designers, the Glasgow Boys' artistic standing was confirmed when two albums of work by the Glasgow Art Club, of which they were part, were presented to The Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) on the occasion of the opening of the Glasgow International Exhibition on 8 May 1888.  

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), A Roman Princess Washing the Feet of Pilgrims. Signed and dated 1827. Oil on panel, 50.2 x 42.2 cm. RCIN 405096. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Royal interest in and acquisition of Scottish works of art have continued into the 20th and 21st centuries. The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) were presented with a magnificent large-scale musical pedestal clock by the Scottish clockmaker John Smith by the citizens of Glasgow on the occasion of their marriage in 1923. In 2003 Her Majesty The Queen acquired a preparatory sketch for Sir David Wilkie's painting Blind-Man's-Buff.  

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), I Pifferari. Signed and dated 1827. Oil on panel, 46.1 x 36.2 cm. RCIN 405861. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Exhibition curator Deborah Clarke of Royal Collection Trust, said 'This exciting exhibition is a fascinating reflection of the distinctive tastes of the various monarchs and their long association with the work of Scottish artists, an interest which has continued until the present day.'

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Spanish Posada: A Guerilla Council of War. Signed and dated 1828Oil on panel, 76.2 x 93.5 cm. RCIN 405094. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Defence of Saragossa. Signed and dated 1828. Oil on panel, 94.2 x 141.5 cm. RCIN 405091. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Guerilla's Departure. Signed and dated 1828. Oil on panel, 95.1 x 84.6 cm. RCIN 405092. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Guerilla's Return. Signed and dated 1830. Oil on panel, 95.0 x 84.5 cm. RCIN 405093. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), The Entrance of George IV at Holyroodhouse, 1822-30Oil on mahogany panel, 126.0 cm x 198.1 cm x 16 mm. RCIN 401187. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Prince Charles of Leiningen (1804-1856), c.1824-30Oil on canvas, 53.0 x 42.8 cm. RCIN 402415. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Allan (1782-1850), The Orphan. Signed and dated 1834. Oil on canvas, 85.7 x 72.4 cm. RCIN 401189. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir Francis Grant (1803-78), Queen Victoria (1819-1901) riding out, 1839-40. Oil on canvas, 99.1 x 137.2 cm. RCIN 400749. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir Francis Grant (1803-78), Prince Albert (1819-61), 1845. Oil on canvas, 45.4 x 35.7 cm. RCIN 400584. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir Joseph Noël Paton (1821-1901), Home (The Return from the Crimea). Signed and dated 1859. Oil on panel, 71.2 x 57.7 cm. RCIN 406954. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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James Giles (1801-70), A View of Balmoral. Signed and dated 1848. Oil on panel, 56.0 x 81.6 cm. RCIN 405007. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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James Giles (1801-70), A View of Lochnagar. Signed and dated 1848. Oil on panel, 56.0 x 81.5 cm. RCIN 405006. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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William Dyce (1806-64), The Madonna and Child. Signed and dated 1845. Oil on canvas , 80.2 x 58.7 x 2.3 cm. RCIN 403745. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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William Dyce (1806-64), Saint Joseph. Signed and dated 1847. Oil on canvas , 78.9 x 54.8 x 2.3 cm. RCIN 403746. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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David Roberts (1796-1864), A View in Cairo. Signed and dated 1840. Oil on canvas , 91.3 x 69.9 cm. RCIN 403602. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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David Roberts (1796-1864), The Fountain on the Prado, Madrid. Signed and dated 1841, 43.5 x 56.0 x 6.5 cm. RCIN 405005. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Phillip (1817-67), "El Paseo". Signed and dated 1854. Oil on panel, 53.4 x 42.6 cm. RCIN 404597. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Phillip (1817-67), The Letter-Writer of Seville. Signed and dated 1854. Oil on panel, 78.4 x 99.1 cm. RCIN 401188. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Phillip (1817-67), The Dying Contrabandista. Signed and dated 1858. Oil on panel, 132.1 x 203.2 cm. RCIN 404562. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Gourlay Steell (1819-94), Highland Cattle in the Pass of Leny. Signed and dated 1876. Oil on canvas, 79.0 x 122.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 403647Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Pettie (1834-93), Bonnie Prince Charlie Entering the Ballroom at Holyroodhouse, before 30 Apr 1892. Oil on canvas, 158.8 x 114.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 401247Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Young, Trotter & Hamilton, Pair of pier tables,  1796, 94.3 x 132.5 x 63.0 cmRCIN 27597. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Young, Trotter & Hamilton, Writing table 1796, 80.5 x 99.5 x 65.2 cmRCIN 27847. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Smith of Pittenweem (active 1770-1816), Pedestal clock,  1780 - 1800. Oak, gilt, paint, glass, 143.5 x 60.4 x 50.0 cm. RCIN 2918. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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John Underwood [of Ayr], 'Tam O'Shanter' chair, 1822. Oak and brass, 112.0 x 60.0 x 56.0 cm. RCIN 27942. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Lawrence Macdonald (1799-1878), Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850), signed and dated 1846. Marble, 71.0 x 46.0 x 23.4 cm. RCIN 31611. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Thomas Campbell (1790-1858), George, Duke of Gordon (1770-1836), 1836. Marble, 71.5 x 49.5 x 27.0 cm. RCIN 31316. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Andrew Robertson (1777-1845), Princess Sophia (1777-1848), 1807?. Watercolour on ivory, 10.7 x 8.2 cm (sight) (sight). RCIN 420227. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Andrew Robertson (1777-1845), Princess Elizabeth (1770-1840), Feb-Mar 1807. Watercolour on ivory, 10.6 x 8.0 cm (sight) (sight). RCIN 420228. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Ross (1794-1860), Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Signed and dated 1838. Watercolour on ivory laid on card, 4.6 x 3.9 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external. RCIN 420959. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Ross (1794-1860), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901). 1845. Watercolour on ivory laid on card, 6.0 x 5.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 420340. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Ross (1794-1860), Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-1910), later Edward VII, 1846. Watercolour on ivory laid on card, 6.6 x 5.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external. RCIN 420337. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Ross (1794-1860), Prince Alfred (1844-1900), later Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 1848. Watercolour on ivory laid on the original backing card, 6.2 x 5.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 420339. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Ross (1794-1860), Princess Alice (1843-1878), later Grand Duchess of Hesse, 1847. Watercolour on ivory laid on card, 6.1 x 5.7  cm (support, canvas/panel/str external. RCIN 420338. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Robert Thorburn (1818-85)Prince Albert (1819-1861), 1852. Watercolour on ivory laid on leather adhered to board, 28.8 x 20.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external. RCIN 404111. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Robert Thorburn (1818-85), Charlotte Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch (1811-1895) and her daughter Lady Victoria Scott (1844-1938), 1847. Watercolour on ivory laid on card, 21.0 x 17 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external. RCIN 420401. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Kenneth Macleay (1802-78), Prince Alfred, later Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900).  Signed and dated 1864. Watercolour on ivory, 8.5 x 6.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 420330Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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David Allan (1744-96), Piazza Navona, Rome,  circa 1775. Pencil, pen and brown wash with touches of white bodycolour, in plain border, 37.0 x 52.5 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 913355Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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David Allan (1744-96), The Romans polite to Strangers, Palazzo Ruspoli al Corso Rome,  circa 1775. Pencil, pen and brown wash within a washed mount, 38.5 x 53.8 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 913358Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Robert Adam (1728-92), General Design of a Transparent Illumination, proposed to have been Executed in the Queen's Garden in Honour of His Majesty's Birthday, The 4th June 1763, 1763. Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour; pinholes for compass and at key points, 48.0 x 125.0 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 917643.a. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Robert Adam (1728-92), Design of a Bridge Illuminated in Honour of His Majesty's Birth Day, The 4th June 1763. By Order of Her Majesty, 1763. Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, 48.0 x 63.5 cm (sheet of paper). RCIN 917643.cRoyal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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James Giles (1801-70), The Dubh Loch. dated 1849. Pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour, 30.0 x 45.2 cm cm. RCIN 919622. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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James Giles (1801-70), The boundary between Balmoral and Invercauld, below the Keeper's House. dated 1849. Pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour, 30.0 x 45.2 cm cm. RCIN 919616. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83), Dalkeith Palace seen from the River Esk. Pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour, 25.0 x 36.7 cm. RCIN 919668. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015 

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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83), Fingal's Cave, Isle of Staffa. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, 13.7 x 23.3 cm. RCIN 919679. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83), Moonlight lesson: three-stage drawing demonstration. Pencil and wash, 8.0 x 14.0 cm. RCIN 919719. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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William Leighton Leitch (1804-83), Moonlight lesson: three-stage drawing demonstration. Pencil and wash, 8.0 x 14.0 cm. RCIN 919720. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Waller Hugh Paton (1828-95), Edinburgh with a distant view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dated 1862. Watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic and burnishing, 15.5 x 37.6 cm. RCIN 919573Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935), Flock of sheep approaching through a blizzard of snow. Oil on paper, 14.3 x 22.5 cm. RCIN 914252Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Kenneth Macleay (1802-78), William Ross,  dated 1866. Pencil and watercolour, 52.7 x 41.0 cm. RCIN 920712Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Kenneth Macleay (1802-78), Donald Stewart and Charles Duncan. Pencil and watercolour, 54.0 x 42.8 cm. RCIN 920714Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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William Simpson (1823-99), The Ballroom, Balmoral Castle, dated 1882. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, 35.0 x 56.6 cm. RCIN 919532Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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George M Greig (d. 1867), The Palace of Holyroodhouse: the Prince Consort's Sitting Room and Dressing Room, 1863. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, 29.6 x 39.8 cm. RCIN 919571Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir James Guthrie (1859-1930), In the Orchard .Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, 14.7 x 12.6 cm. RCIN 922832Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), On the Way to the Tennis Court. Pencil and watercolour, 13.9 x 22.3 cm. RCIN 922826Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Stevenson, Robert Macaulay (1860-1952), Romance, dated 1888. Watercolour and bodycolour, 20.7 x 17.5 cm. RCIN 922835Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910), Prince Edward of York, dated 1897.Oil on linen,| 20.3 x 16.2 cm. RCIN 914293. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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William Dyce (1806-64), Princess Victoria, 1848. Stylus and coloured chalks on grey prepared ground, 57.8 x 44.8 cm. RCIN 917908.aRoyal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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William Dyce (1806-64), Princess Alice1848. Stylus and coloured chalks on grey prepared ground, 57.8 x 44.8 cm. RCIN 917908.aRoyal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

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Sir Francis Grant (1803-78), Queen Victoria (1819-1901) on Horseback, 1845. Oil on canvas, 33.6 x 30.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external). RCIN 400589Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015