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Snowballing Outside Edinburgh University Dated 1853

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This charming watercolour shows students having a snowball fight outside the main entrance to Edinburgh University. Established by King James VI in 1583, Edinburgh University is the sixth oldest in Britain. In 1789 Robert Adam supplied designs for a splendid new building with a grand central courtyard, but lack of finances and the architect’s death resulted in a series of delays. The University was eventually completed in 1833 to modified designs supplied by William Henry Playfair. On the left, the entrance to the University, with its great portico framed by six large columns, was the most dominant feature of Adam’s original design. Bough has added subtle white highlights throughout to suggest the fine dusting of snow on the buildings.

Glossary Open


A covered entrance to a large building.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Portico, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D NG 1684
  • Medium Watercolour on paper (with rounded top corners)
  • Size Irregular: 18.40 x 22.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1928