Butchart was City Librarian from 1942 until 1953.
1951 and 1955, he published
cataloguing and commenting on the collection of prints and
drawings held by the Edinburgh Room of Edinburgh Central
He had a particular interest
topographical prints of old Edinburgh, and following his death his sister
donated 76 of engravings and old lithographs from his collection to
Edinburgh Libraries. They are now held in the Edinburgh Room at
Edinburgh Central Library.
This small exhibition is in the
display cases leading up from the ground floor of the library, and
comprises a photograph of Robert Butchart and 26 engravings and old
lithographs, all hand-coloured by Maxwell Gillespie. Most of the prints
- Old Houses in Edinburgh
(Bruce J Howe, 1905-07) and
- Picturesque Views of Edinburgh (John W Ewbank,