Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the University of Edinburgh 16 Nov.r 1789.
Published by Hugh Paton, Carver & Gilder to the Queen and H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent, Edinburgh. [n.d., c.1865.]
Etching. 330 x 460mm, 13 x 18". Narrow margins.
George III laying the foundation stones of the Old College. Subscriptions had been raised to fund a new university in Edinburgh to plans prepared by Robert Adam; however Adam's death in 1792 and the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars delayed completion until 1831. Parts of the scheme were delayed further: the dome planned by Adam was added in 1887; the intended quadrangle is due to be completed in Summer 2011! The detail of the print is reminiscent of Rowlandson, with background details like spectators standing on the roof beams of a derelict building, a military band including a bassoon, and soldiers restraining a man clinging to the back of a carriage. An impression from the original plate with a new title from a separate plate.
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