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Queen Victoria on 'Fyvie' with John Brown at Balmoral 1863

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This photograph was originally conceived by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband, Prince Albert, taken on the second anniversary of her last 'Great Expedition' with him into the Highlands. G.W.Wilson subsequently gained permission to distribute it as a carte de visite, cropping out another figure to focus attention on the mourning Queen's relationship with her faithful servant, John Brown. In its first year of publication, this and a few similar images sold near 13,000 copies, their popularity doubtless heightened by the rumour-mongers who referred to the Queen as 'Mrs Brown'.

Glossary Open

Carte de visite

A small photograph, stuck on card the size of a visiting card.

Carte de visite


  • Acc. No. PGP R 884
  • Medium Carte de visite
  • Size 9.20 x 6.10 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985