Artists and Engraving

Edinburgh had some talented artists whose work was recorded in engravings in the 19th century.  The artists included:

Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth


   View over James Howie's rooftop studio

The engraving above is based on one of four views of Edinburgh from the Scott Monument, produced shortly after the Monument opened in the 1840s.

Ebsworth's views are:

Looking north


15 September 1845

Looking south


May 1847

Looking east


August 1847

Looking west


August 1847

The last of these is an impressive view of soldiers parading down The mound and into Princes Street.

John Wilson Ewbank

RSA, Resigned 1838


Here is a painting by Ewbank, showing the Tron Kirk before the fire of 1824.

A painting by Ewbank  -  The Tron Kirk in the High Street, Edinburgh, before the fire of 1824

The Edinburgh City Art Centre includes two oil paintings by Ewbank:
  -  The Entry of George IV into Edinburgh from Calton Hill, 1822 AND
  -  The Military Review on the occasion of George IV's visit to Edinburgh

The collection also includes thirteen ink and wash sketches of Edinburgh on paper by Ewbank.

The City of Edinburgh Library Collection includes five engravings of Ewbank's drawings of Edinburgh.

Engravings from 32 of Ewbank's drawings are included in Edinburgh Delineated, published in 1825.

Thomas Homer Shepherd


Engraving from 'Modern Athens'  -  with links to other engravings

Engravings from many of Shepherd's drawings are included in the book, Modern Athens, published 1829.

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Artists and the RSA

DO Hill was Secretary to the Royal Scottish Academy from 1830.  

Other RSA artists and painters included:

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Artists and Photography

Several of Edinburgh's early photographers or others associated with Edinburgh Photographic Society were also artists.

[More details to follow, when I find time to update this section.]

DO Hill

Here is a painting of The Disruption by DO Hill, who together with Robert Adamson produced a memorable collection of calotype photos in Edinburgh from 1843 to 1847.

DO Hill's oil painting of The Disruption

Tom Curr

One of the three judges for Edinburgh Photographic Society's Open Exhibition held in February 1936 was the artist Tom Curr.  Here is one of his paintings

Religious painting by Tom Curr  -  'Follow Me'  -  Jesus against a backdrop of Edinbnurgh



Engravers and Engraving


Modern Athens - 1829

Old & New Edinburgh - 1890

Other engravings

Early engravers

More recent engravers

Engravings and Engravers

Engravings - index



Etchers etc


A selection of  Engravings