Royal Institution was built to a design by Playfair.
Construction began in 1825. It was built for the joint
The Royal Society
The Society of Antiquities
The Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in Scotland.
was the first of two galleries to be built at
the foot of The Mound. This is the gallery facing directly
on to Princes Street at its junction with Hanover Street.
Scottish National Gallery was built later, in the 1850s,
immediately to the south of the Royal Institution.