Two Sketches showing old Architectural Detail – Pencil in a Moleskine Sketchbook

Why do new Moleskines fracture at the first page?

Edinburgh is full of old buildings and monuments which is part of its attraction for visitors. I played at being a tourist last week and took my sketchbook to the top of Calton Hill where you can see fine views of the city. The hill, itself, is covered with old monuments dedicated to poets, philosophers, architects and so on. Some weeks ago I obtained a small book of sketches by Gordon Home. Some of these showed the Calton Hill monuments and I was interested to see how his interpretations of 100 years ago compared with what remains today. I was delighted to see he had captured the buildings in perfect detail. I’ve attempted my own versions of two of the monuments.

The left hand one shows a corner detail of the National Monument which was dedicated to those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. This monument was based on the Acropolis and funded by public subscription. The money, however, ran out and the thing was never finished. It is known, locally, as “Edinburgh’s Disgrace”. The right hand page shows part of the memorial to John Playfair (1748 -1819) who was Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University as well as a famous scientist and mathematician. He is also remembered for his  proposal of an alternative to Euclid’s parallel postulate (you can look this up

but can you understand what it means :) )

Finally, there are many other monuments and interesting gravestones in this, one of the older parts of the city, for me to bore you all with in the future. You have been warned!