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View of Edinburgh from the Ramparts of the Castle, Looking East

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View of Edinburgh from the Ramparts of the Castle, Looking East About 1846

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Roberts has created here a spectacular, panoramic view of Edinburgh. Highlights stand out clearly on the blue-green paper, drawing attention to the most interesting landmarks catching the sun. These include the Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy Building) on the Mound. The drawing was probably made in 1846 when Roberts returned to Edinburgh on a sketching tour. It is an interesting record of the site just four years before the foundation of the Scottish National Gallery in 1850.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. D 5508
  • Medium Watercolour with gum arabic over pencil, heightened with white bodycolour on two sheets of blue-green paper, joined together, faintly squared in pencil
  • Size 28.50 x 80.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2000