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The Royal Scottish Academy Building and the Scottish National Gallery 1916

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This print was issued to subscribers of a special edition of ‘The Royal Scottish Academy 1826 – 1916’, by William Darling McKay and Frank Rinder. It shows William Henry Playfair’s two great gallery buildings in the centre of Edinburgh, set beneath the magnificent backdrop of the Castle. Playfair strove to achieve harmony between the buildings and their picturesque surroundings. Cameron captured these temples to the arts and their setting with his typically economical use of line, creating an atmospheric print that celebrates Playfair’s designs. Cameron himself had a close association with this site. In 1920 he was selected to sit on the Board of Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland, an appointment which he retained until his death in 1945.


  • Acc. No. CAMERON.46
  • Medium Etching and drypoint on paper
  • Size 18.10 x 35.20 cm
  • Credit The Hon. Gertrude Forbes-Sempill Gift 1955