W R & S Postcard

Based on a painting by J Douglas, RSW

Calton Hill

from Salisbury Craigs in Holyrood Park

Calton Hill    -    Postcard posted 1904

Postcard by W &S  -  Calton Hill  -  posted 1904

  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk


Calton Hill

The View

The View looks down on the Royal High School in Regent Road, from the direction of Salisbury Craigs in Holyrood Park

Behind the Royal High School is Calton Hill with its monuments  -  he the National Monument, to the right of the Nelson Monument and the observatories, looking perhaps a little out of proportion.

In the foreground at the bottom of the picture is part of the Old Town of Edinburgh.

The Postcard

This card is from WR&S's Waterette Series from the early 1900s.

This picture is based on a watercolour painting by J Douglas.  This name, J Douglas, RSW,  appears at the bottom-right of the picture.

This artist was, in fact, James Douglas of Dundee (1858-1911) who studied in Edinburgh.

Several of his paintings have also been reproduced as Cynicus postcards.  Others have  been reproduced as postcards by W R & S, Edinburgh.

From 1895 to 1897 James Douglas lived and worked in Rothenburg, Germany, and from 1904 to 1908 he exhibited at the Tayport Art Circle in Dundee.

He was elected RSW in 1900 but seems to have been struck off in 1907 as a result of mental illness which led to his confinement.  He exhibited some 76 works at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh between 1881 and 1907.

 There are five works by him the collection of the City Art Centre

The Message

The card was posted from Edinburgh to Bristol on October 24, 1904, with this short message:

"Too far off all this term to get to see you.  Hope you are getting on all right.

                    from Fr."

Most of the details about J Douglas above have been provided by the National Gallery of Scotland


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