|Description: A sepia photographic print of the Lion Monument, Belgium. The photo depicts a grass covered conical hill with a path up to the top. At the top of the hill is a rectangular stone monument with the statue of a lion atop it. There is a field in front of the hill. |
The lion hill is the main memorial monument for the Battle of Waterloo. The monument which was ordered built by King William I of the Netherlands in 1820 marks the spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded. The construction was started in 1824 and finished in 1826. The hill was made by taking earth from fields in the area. The monument has 226 stairs which lead up to the top where the entire surface of the battlefield can be viewed. http://www.trabel.com/waterloo/waterloo-hill.htm
Travelerís in the 1870ís could not take their own photographs, so professional photographers would create albums with photos like these and sell them to travelers to commemorate their journey. In 1871 Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie Harris (daughters of James Beveridge and Elizabeth) traveled to Europe to do a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In 1876, Lucy and Arthur Harris traveled to Scotland to visit their aunts in Perthshire. James Beveridge Harrisís sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the 1870s and 1880s. These photos could have come from any of those trips or have been sent by the Aunts, to the family at Benares.