This Dear Paradise: Victoria and Albert’s love affair with Scotland
Talk | Address on booking
Monday 19 March 2018 - 14:30 until 16:30
Years before the royal couple had visited Scotland they had formed a highly romantic idea of the Highlands and the Highlanders, mainly due to the influence of the novels and poems of Sir Walter Scott and the sometimes sentimental paintings of Edwin Landseer. Through contemporary paintings and photographs Susanna Kerr, a former Senior Curator at Scottish National Portrait Gallery and free-lance lecturer, will trace the development of Albert and Victoria’s intense love affair with Scotland in all its weathers, from their first visit in 1842 and the subsequent creation of their own Highland castle of Balmoral completed in 1856, until Albert’s death five years later.
Cowhill Tower dates from 1789 with Victorian and Edwardian additions. Restoration of the house and further additions were completed in 2005. The house is set above the River Nith with views along the valley to north-west and south-east.
This event has been organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.