Dunedin from Roslyn Hill, New Zealand
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Dunedin from Roslyn Hill, New Zealand
  • Scottish Art
This dramatic townscape shows Dunedin, New Zealand, with Otago Boys’ High School in the foreground. The High School is one of New Zealand's oldest boys' secondary schools. It was founded in 1863, moving to this site in 1885. The main building was designed by Fife-born architect, Robert Arthur Lawson, and is regarded as one of the finest Neo-Gothic structures in the country. Situated on high ground above central Dunedin, it commands excellent views of the city and is a prominent landmark. Lawson was one of New Zealand's pre-eminent nineteenth-century architects. It has been said he did more than any other designer to shape the face of the Victorian era architecture of Dunedin. The city, founded in 1848, takes its name from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Charles Kettle, the city's surveyor, was instructed to emulate the characteristics of the Scottish capital. The result was both grand and quirky streets.

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Neo-Gothic

A nineteenth century revival of the medieval Gothic style, particularly in architecture and the decorative arts. Also known as Gothic Revival.

Neo-Gothic

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP R 914.19
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 15.10 x 21.60 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985