Statue on Calton Hill
This photo appears on page 50 of the book 'Thomas Begbie's
Edinburgh: A Mid-Victorian Portrait'. The caption reads:
"Plate 17. Begbie has a great interest in
sculpture and made a number of interesting negatives of work by native
carvers. This piece is attributed to Robert Forrest (1790-1852), who
had an enormously successful sculpture park on the Calton Hill from 1825
until his death, very little of which survives.
Begbie has placed a sapling in place of the
bow which was probably broken. He may probably have been aware of
the visual pun - the statue would appear to be standing in a kale patch."