Landing of Queen Victoria at Dumbarton

Image credit: West Dunbartonshire Council

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert paid a short visit to Dumbarton on 17th August 1847. Here they are seen being received at Denny & Rankin's shipyard by Provost Risk and Sir James Colquhoun, Lord Lieutenant of Dumbartonshire, in the presence of 38 dignitaries. Dumbarton Castle Rock is the dramatic backdrop.

James Hope Stewart was a prolific, meticulous and painstaking artist. He made many separate watercolour sketches from memory and from special sittings before embarking on this large canvas. The size of the painting meant that he had difficulty getting it exhibited. However, its sale was the means of delivering the artist from poverty.

West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services: Dumbarton Municipal Buildings



Landing of Queen Victoria at Dumbarton


oil on canvas


H 202 x W 283 cm

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'Hope J. Stewart pinx: 1877 June 25'


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West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services: Dumbarton Municipal Buildings

College Street (off Station Road), Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire G82 1NR Scotland

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