Old Town Improvement Trust
comments below are an extract from a page in the book: A Companion
Guide to Photography in the National Galleries of Scotland.
They refer to a project undertaken by Burns in Edinburgh, similar
to that undertaken by Annan in Glasgow.
(active 1858 - 1880)
"In 1871, Burns was commissioned by the city's
Improvement Trust to photograph the closes between the Old Quadrangle of
the University and the Cowgate prior to their demolition later in the
According to a contemporary minute, Burns's
twenty six photographs excited 'deep interest' as a 'faithful record of
this old historic part of the City which in a few days will be entirely
A Companion Guide to
Photography in the National Galleries of Scotland.
(Sara Stevenson and Duncan Forbes), p.92
Publ. National Galleries of Scotland, 2001