Edinburgh from the Castle
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Edinburgh from the Castle about 1850
  • Scottish Art
This panoramic view of Edinburgh was taken from the ramparts of the castle. It shows the newly-built Scott Monument on the left, in the centre is the railway station, and behind, Calton Hill. The empty space in the middle is the building site where work is about to begin on William Henry Playfair's neoclassical building, the Scottish National Gallery. Together with the Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy building), just visible on the left, it was expected to make a handsome transition on the Mound between the two halves of the city.

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Neo-classicism

The revival of ancient Greek and Roman models of art and architecture, with particular importance put on simplicity and discipline. Such ideals have been revived at various points in history and contrast with more decadent and dynamic styles such as the Baroque.

Neo-classicism

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP R 201
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size Oval: 17.00 x 24.60 cm; mounted: 27.70 x 40.70 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985