Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

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Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street late 1860s


  • Scottish Art
This view of Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens is from the later period of Samuel Bough’s work. The costume worn by the fashionable middle class woman in the left foreground suggests that the picture dates from the mid – to late 1860s. Accessed by a subscription key scheme from 1821, the western Gardens were privately owned by Princes Street proprietors until 1876 when the city authorities resumed possession and re-landscaped the area. The plume of smoke rising from a passing steam train is an evocative reminder of the importance of the railway to the social and economic life of the city from the 1840s.


  • Acc. No. NGL 021.12
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 156.00 x 125.00 cm (framed 191.00 x 173.00 x 13.00 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in 2012