of the views that were captured by photographers from the mid-18h
century onwards had earlier been recorded by engravers and
painters. It is interesting to compare the photographs with the
Here are some of the books with earlier
views, listed in chronological order:
Views of Edinburgh
of Edinburgh, drawn by Ewbank, engraved by Lizars
book has some interesting views. It has 4
sections: 16 Distant Views of Edinburgh, 10 Street Views
(ancient), 10 Street Views (modern) and 15 other views of
in a series of Views of Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century exhibiting the whole
of the New Buildings, Modern Improvements, Antiquities & Picturesque Scenery
of the Scottish Metropolis and its Environs from the Original Drawings by Thos.
H Shepherd with Historical, Topographical & Critical
Illustrations. [This book includes almost 100 engravings]
Jones & Co., London, 1829
In 1980, Lang Syne Publishers,
Ltd., Newtongrange, Scotland, published a book entitled Modern Athens,
containing the reproductions and text from the original volume (above).
The pages are un-numbered and not in the same order as in the original
volume. The engravings are disappointing, lacking a lot of detail,
particularly in the darker areas. Nevertheless, the reproduction has been
useful, as it is more affordable and more readily available than the original.
images that I have included on this site are from copies of the original
engravings; not from the reproductions in the Lang Syne book.
Athens prints are, now, usually only seen around Edinburgh as individually
mounted engravings taken from broken copies of the original book.
Many of these prints have been recently hand coloured.
of Edinburgh in the Olden Time
Daniel Wilson Publ: Hugh Paton,
book has engravings by W
Forrest and T Steuart
series of views of the Principal Cities and Towns, particularly of Edinburgh and
its environs. Cathedrals, abbeys, castles, and mansions ...
T Picken Publ: Day & Son, Lithographer to the Queen c.1854
from drawings by Sir Wm Allen, Clarkson Stanfield, David Roberts Geo Cattermole,
WL Leitch, DO Hill, Horatio McCulloch, Thos Cheswick, JMW Turner, Joseph Nash,
JH Harding + others
Old & New Edinburgh
history, its people and its places.
Published in instalments over 3 years, but now usually found bound into 3, or
occasionally 6, volumes
Cassell & Co, London, Paris, New York, 18..
book is illustrated with many engravings - in many cases, the artist,
but not the engraver, is named.
Intaglio, Planographic and Stencil processes explained.
Susan Lambert, Victoria & Albert Museum.
Printed for HMSO ISBN 0 11 290381 9 1983
gives a useful overview of engraving, etching, stencils and other printing
Dictionary and Handbook of the Art in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Author: Raymond Lister Publ.
Methuen, London ISBN 0 14 40130 8 1984