Modern Athens

The book Modern Athens was published in 1829.

Here are some of the subjects:

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  Craigmillar Castle

Around Edinburgh

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  Calton Hill and North Bridge

Distant Views

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  The Royal Institution from Princes Street

Edinburgh -  New Town

Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  West Bow

Edinburgh - Old Town

Engraving in Modern Athens  -  Leith Harbour, Signal Tower


Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  St Giles Church and the Lawnmarket


Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  Edinburgh Academy, Hamilton Place



Modern Athens



The paragraphs below are taken from the early pages of Modern Athens:

"There is not, perhaps, a city in Europe that offers to the lover of picturesque scenery, and to the historians a more interesting series of objects for the pencil and pen than Edinburgh.

It is not surprising, therefore, that it has attracted the attention of the artist and the authors in an eminent degree, and that besides many separate prints which have been published, illustrative of the general features, and of particular scenes, several embellished works have been produced on the subject.

Thus field still appears so fertile. and offers such a succession of crops, that new labourers approach it and seek profit, or fame, by trying fresh experiments."


Modern Athens


Modern Athens has almost 100 engravings of Shepherd's drawings.  The engravings have been produced by many different engravers:

-   JB Allen
-   T Barber
-   WH Bond
(or HW Bond)
-   L Byrne
-   A Cruse
-   J Henshall
-   T Higham

-   J Hinchcliff
-   J Johnstone
-   S Lacey
(or S Lacy)
WH Lizars
-   A McClatchie
-   W Radclyffe
(or Radcliffe)
-   J Redaway

-   EI Roberts
-   J Rolph
-   E Stalker
-   W Tombleson
-   W Wallis
-   W Watkins

Where I have given alternative spellings, it is because both versions appear in Modern Athens, beneath different engravings. So far as I am aware, only WH Lizars from this list, was based in Edinburgh.


More pages on engravings

Background reading ...    Engravings  and Engravers

Engravings in Books ...    Index

Modern Athens  - 1829

Nelson's Pictorial Guide Books

Old & New Edinburgh  - 1890