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Monarch of the Glen (Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.
The title gives it away – Landseer’s 1851 canvas shows much more than a stag at bay. A dashing piece of naturalistic painting, the work also embodies Victorian ideas about social hierarchy, the natural world and an idealised view of the Highlands. It also looks very effective on a whisky label.
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