About this artwork

The architect James Craig is best known for devising the layout for Edinburgh’s New Town. The plan resting on the book is Craig’s revised, with a proposed central circus, but unexecuted plan for the New Town. The other is his elevation plan for the Hall of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on George Street.

  • title:
    James Craig, 1739 - 1795. Architect
  • accession number:
    PG 729
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1781
  • measurements:
    76.70 x 60.80 cm (framed: 94.60 x 78.20 x 8.60 cm)
  • credit line:
    Given by the Royal Scottish Academy 1910
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

David Allan

David Allan

Allan was born in Alloa, on the River Forth, and attended the Foulis Academy in Glasgow for seven years. In 1767 he moved to Rome, where he lived for ten years; this was the most successful period of his life. In Rome, Allan painted ambitious historical pictures, portraits, caricatures and genre scenes. On returning to London in 1777, he spent two years trying to establish himself. Unsuccessful and ill, he returned to Scotland where he specialised in painting family groups. He also produced book illustrations and was appointed the master of the Trustees' Academy at Edinburgh.