Raised on Walter Scott’s romantic novels and Edwin Landseer’s highland paintings, Queen Victoria fell in love with Scotland on her very visit in 1842. Her fascination was shared by her husband, Prince Albert, for whom Scotland reminded of his native Coburg. The construction and interior decoration of Balmoral Castle realised the royal couple’s Scottish fantasies. The lecture explores Victoria and Albert’s love for all things Scottish through their and their contemporaries’ letters, diaries, and works of art.
EUGENE BARILO VON REISBERG is a Melbourne-based lecturer, researcher, and art consultant with a passion for nineteenth-century art, history, and culture. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on Franz Xaver Winterhalter, the 19th century elite portrait specialist, at the University of Melbourne.