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The Cowgate Arch of George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

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The Cowgate Arch of George IV Bridge, Edinburgh About 1860

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This picture demonstrates Clark's interest in showing different architectural styles side by side in order to comment on the rapid growth of the city. Here the monumental Roman forms of George IV Bridge are contrasted with the crumbling architecture of the once splendid Cowgate below. The ghostly traces of moving carriages remind us of the inevitable passage of time.


  • Acc. No. PGP R 113
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 21.10 x 27.40 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985