Many of the views that were captured by photographers from the mid-18h century onwards had earlier been recorded by engravers and painters. It is interesting to compare the photographs with the earlier views.
Here are some of the books with earlier views, listed in chronological order:
- Picturesque Views of Edinburgh
Engravings of Edinburgh, drawn by Ewbank, engraved by Lizars 1825
The book has some interesting views. It has 4 sections: 16 Distant Views of Edinburgh, 10 Street Views (ancient), 10 Street Views (modern) and 15 other views of Edinburgh
Displayed in a series of Views of Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century exhibiting the whole of the New Buildings, Modern Improvements, Antiquities & Picturesque Scenery of the Scottish Metropolis and its Environs from the Original Drawings by Thos. H Shepherd with Historical, Topographical & Critical Illustrations. [This book includes almost 100 engravings]
Publ: Jones & Co., London, 1829
In 1980, Lang Syne Publishers, Ltd., Newtongrange, Scotland, published a book entitled Modern Athens, containing the reproductions and text from the original volume (above). The pages are un-numbered and not in the same order as in the original volume. The engravings are disappointing, lacking a lot of detail, particularly in the darker areas. Nevertheless, the reproduction has been useful, as it is more affordable and more readily available than the original.
The Modern Athens images that I have included on this site are from copies of the original engravings; not from the reproductions in the Lang Syne book.
Modern Athens prints are, now, usually only seen around Edinburgh as individually mounted engravings taken from broken copies of the original book. Many of these prints have been recently hand coloured.
- Memorials of Edinburgh in the Olden Time
Author: Daniel Wilson Publ: Hugh Paton, Edinburgh, 1848
This book has engravings by W Forrest and T Steuart
- Scotland Delineated
A series of views of the Principal Cities and Towns, particularly of Edinburgh and its environs. Cathedrals, abbeys, castles, and mansions ...
Author: T Picken Publ: Day & Son, Lithographer to the Queen c.1854
Includes engravings from drawings by Sir Wm Allen, Clarkson Stanfield, David Roberts Geo Cattermole, WL Leitch, DO Hill, Horatio McCulloch, Thos Cheswick, JMW Turner, Joseph Nash, JH Harding + others
- Cassell's Old & New Edinburgh
Its history, its people and its places.
This book is illustrated with many engravings - in many cases, the artist, but not the engraver, is named.
Intaglio, Planographic and Stencil processes explained.
Dictionary and Handbook of the Art in Nineteenth-Century Britain