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Four panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh, taken from the Calton Hill, by Lady Elton

Author Elton, Lady (Mary Stewart)
Title Four panoramic views of the city of Edinburgh, taken from the Calton Hill, by Lady Elton
Imprint Edinburgh
Date of Publication 1823
Language
Notes This fine and uncommon set of four lithographs provide a sweeping 360 panoramic view of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas from Calton Hill. Edinburgh was the birthplace of the panorama ? indeed the first panorama ever produced was taken also from Calton Hill, by Robert Barker in 1787, thus setting in train a fashion for this type of topographical painting. In 1822, the artist, Mary Stewart, had produced a set of four views of the city from Blackford Hill. She was the daughter of Sir William Stewart, of Castle Stewart, Wigtownshire, and she married Sir Abraham Elton of Clevedon, Somerset in 1822. The views were drawn on stone by William Westall the skilled topographical illustrator and printed in London by Charles Hullmandel, one of the foremost lithographic printers. Lithography was very much in its infancy in Scotland, the first examples using this method not being printed until 1821. In two of the views can be seen tented encampments of troops, assembled to honour the royal visit of King George IV to the city in August 1822. The panoramas also provide detailed evidence of the development of the city in the early 19th century.
Shelfmark RB.el.6
Acquired on 16/01/01
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