The children of John Grant
1 of 2 portraits of Alexander Grant
The children of John Grant
by George Washington Wilson
albumen print, 1857
3 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (95 mm x 133 mm) oval
Sittersback to top
- Albert Grant (1852-1921), Son of John Grant, Queen Victoria's head forester. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
- Alexander Grant (1844-1887), Son of John Grant, Queen Victoria's head forester. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
- Andrew Grant (1855-1943), Son of John Grant, Queen Victoria's head forester. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
- Arthur Patrick Grant (1850-1937), Son of John Grant, Queen Victoria's head forester. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
- James Grant (1846-1881), Son of John Grant, Queen Victoria's head forester. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
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From the time of their first visit in 1842, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert developed a great affection for Scotland and, in 1848, acquired the lease on the Balmoral estate. The castle which they built on the banks of the River Dee became Albert's favourite residence. George Washington Wilson, the famous Aberdeen photographer, was regularly commissioned by the royal family to take photographs of their visits, and of the estate and the estate workers. The five boys in Highland dress seen in this photograph are the children of John Grant, the Head Forester and Keeper at Balmoral.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: Scotland, Aberdeenshire (Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
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Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
InternationalThe Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.
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