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The National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland, by William Henry Playfair (1790-1857). Completed 1854. The Mound, Edinburgh. This lies just to the south of the Royal Scottish Academy. Originally built to accommodate both the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy, it has double porticos to the north and south as well as a central portico on each flank, "all very austere and abstract with unfluted orders, though relieved (or compromised?) by the crowning balustrade" (Gifford et al. 282-3).

Entrance to the National Gallery

Related Material


Gifford, John, et. al. Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland series). London: Penguin, rev. ed. 1991.

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