About this artwork

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had fallen in love with Scotland on their first visit here in the summer of 1842. They first rented and then bought the Balmoral estate on Deeside. The building of Balmoral Castle began in 1852. It remains to this day an annual holiday residence of the royal family. This painting is a sketch for a picture commissioned by Queen Victoria to celebrate the baptism of her grandson, Prince Maurice, which took place at Balmoral on 31 October 1891. Remarkably, it was the first baptism of a royal prince in Scotland for three hundred years.

George Ogilvy Reid

George Ogilvy Reid

Reid was born in Leith and worked as an engraver before studying at the Trustee's Academy in Edinburgh. He was primarily a painter of Scottish genre and historical scenes in the manner of Orchardson and Pettie, but he also painted portraits and landscapes. In 1891 Queen Victoria commissioned him to paint a commemorative picture of the christening of one of her grandsons at Balmoral. He lived in Edinburgh and was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, where he was a regular exhibitor.