An oil sketch of Queen Victoria, made just four months after her accession to the throne at the age of 18, will go on display in Scotland for the first time. Painted by the celebrated Scottish artist Sir David Wilkie, it is the earliest image of her as reigning monarch and a study for the first painting commissioned by Victoria when Queen. The sketch will be shown in Scottish Artists 1750 – 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent, the first exhibition dedicated to Scottish art in the Royal Collection, opening at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse on 6 August. Victoria asked Wilkie to record her first meeting with her Privy Council, which took place within hours of her accession on 20 June 1837. The preparatory sketch shows the Queen in near profile wearing a bonnet, just as she

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