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The City of Edinburgh: Clark 1824

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  • Title: The City of Edinburgh
  • Author: John Clark
  • Date: 1824
  • Medium: Hand-colored aquatint
  • Condition: Very Good - tide marks and discoloration in margins
  • Inches: 23 1/4 x 17 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 59.06 x 44.45 [Image]
  • Product ID: 313010

View of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland published in London by Smith & Elder in 1824. Buildings and landmarks depicted include Calton Hill, the Nelson Monument, Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles' Cathedral, Salisbury Crags, and Arthur's Seat in the background. The Walter Scott Monument, one of the most prominent structures in Edinburgh today, was not constructed until 1840, fifteen years after this view was published. The section of the city closest to the viewer with uniform rectilinear buildings is New Town, the area of Edinburgh famous for its archetypical Georgian architecture. The part of the city closest to Edinburgh castle, Old Town, represents the original city. The construction of New Town was part of efforts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to beautify the city and create an aristocratic suburb away from the Old Town, where people lived in close quarters and often in squalid conditions.