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David Allan and the High Street of Edinburgh

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  • Thursday 17 June 2021


Join Friends lecturer, Dr Patricia Andrew, as she discusses a selection of views of Edinburgh’s High Street by artist David Allan (1744-1796). Allan was an artist who aimed for the Grand Manner, but whose first love was recording the everyday people and places around him. Edinburgh’s High Street, the most important section of the Royal Mile, was the hub of the City. Allan recorded the busy street life, from grand processions to tradespeople and road sweepers, street fights and children at play. As comparative 2021 images demonstrate, much of Allan’s streetscape survives today.

This talk will be available from Thursday 17 June via our Friends email newsletter. It is part of a new series of exclusive online talks providing our Friends events programme in a different format. There will be two per month, with each remaining available for two weeks so you can choose when you would like to watch them.

No booking or advance registration is required in order to view these free Friends-only talks. The links to view them will be sent out each fortnight as part of our email newsletter. If you have a Friends membership but do not currently receive our Friends email newsletter, please contact [email protected] to sign up.

David Allan High Street from the Netherbow Dated 1793
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