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The Publisher, the Architect and the Sculptor: The Building of Fountainbridge Library

Scottish National Gallery The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the RSA building)
  • Thursday 20 June 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
£ 12.00

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Alice Strang, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, discusses this icon of modern Scottish architecture, which opened in Edinburgh in 1940. Funded by the publisher Thomas Nelson Jnr, designed by the architect John A. W. Grant and with friezes on its façade by the sculptor Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson, Fountainbridge Library was a state-of-the-art library and community hall, which embodied the most far-sighted concerns of architects, librarians and social policy makers of the inter-war period. Photographs and press coverage recording the progress of this major civic commission show the planning, construction and completion of a library which opened during the blackout and which still serves the community today.

Edinburgh City Libraries Dundee Street Branch, 1940. Unknown Photographer, Edinburgh City Council.

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The Publisher, the Architect and the Sculptor: The Building of Fountainbridge Library

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