Highland Games at Holland Park

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Highland Games at Holland Park about 1849


  • Scottish Art
This painting records a June day in 1849 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert attended a ‘fête’ organised by the Scottish Society of London. They can be seen in the open carriage, watching a performance of a sword dance, which particularly delighted the royal children. Behind them, in the middle of the show ground, a caber-tossing competition is taking place. The bird’s-eye view taken by the artist lends Holland Park a sense of vastness and the innumerable diminutive figures convey an impression of the great crowds – around 8000 people were said to have attended.


  • Acc. No. PG 2942
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 60.00 x 83.00 cm (framed: 72.50 x 96.00 x 6.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1993