‘The Monarch of the Glen’ (1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer is one of the most famous Scottish pictures of the nineteenth century. It depicts the grandeur of Scotland’s Highlands and wildlife. The artist was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s view on Scotland from poetry and novels. Here he portrays a ‘royal’ or twelve-point stag – a reference to the number of tines or points on its antlers.
The painting was planned as part of a series for The House of Lords in London but was sold to a private collector. Today it can be viewed in the National Gallery of Scotland Edinburgh.
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