Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture which is located in the heart of Edinburgh, Princes Street, and is home to a wide ranging collection of contemporary art dating back to the founding of the institution in 1826. In the course of each year various themed exhibitions are available for viewing.

From an architecture perspective, the building was designed by prominent Edinburgh architect William Playfair and dates from 1832. During 1833-6 further work was commissioned  whereby Playfair improved the balance and composition of the building. Key features include:

  • A massive, squat Doric temple with a profusion of carved and incised stone.
  • Statue of Queen Victoria over the portico by Sir Jon Steell.
  • Interior series of rooflit galleries reconstructed in neo Greek style with reinforced concrete roofs by W.T.Oldrieve dating from 1910.
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

A significant building for those interested in art and architecture.

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