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National Art Survey of Scotland

551 162

Description National Art Survey of Scotland

Collection National Art Survey of Scotland

Catalogue Number 551 162

Category All Other

Scope and Content A large collection comprising 1,500 sheets of measured survey drawings prepared by the bursars. The drawings cover a very wide range of building types from Linlithgow Palace, Holyrood and the Border Abbeys to 18th-century Country Houses like Pollok and Dumfries House. The collection includes churches, castles, tower houses and many urban buildings in Stirling and Edinburgh, decorative detail, plasterwork and furniture. See I Gow, 'Sir Rowand Anderson's National Art Survey of Scotland', Architectural History, Vol.27, 1984, 543-554. The collection includes photographs which seem to have been taken primarily for exhibition panels displayed alongside the finished survey drawings in the annual exhibitions of the work of the Edinburgh School of Applied Art. Twenty-five exhibition panels survive, and a few show the Bursars engaged in survey work.

Archive History In 1958 the Trustees of the National Galleries presented the original drawings to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and the tracings were presented to the Scottish National Buildings Record. In 1966 the sets were amalgamated on the foundation of the National Monuments Record of Scotland.

Access Conditions There are no restrictions upon access.

Administrative History From 1895 the National Art Survey Bursars at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art (founded 1892) worked under the personal supervision of the Director, Sir Rowand Anderson. The Bursars, selected from the best draughtsmen trained by the school, were appointed annually. The surveys were undertaken during the summer, and the finished pencil and colour wash drawings were prepared during the winter.The completed drawings were preserved in the school to create a library of exemplars which Anderson intended should imbue the students with a traditional Scottish idiom of design. In 1903 Anderson's school was amalgamated with the Board of Manufacturers' School of Art, but the bursaries were continued. Although attempts were made to involve the other Scottish art schools, only Glasgow played an active part. From 1907 the original drawings were preserved by the newly established Trustees of the National Gallery of Scotland. Anderson, however, pressed for a set of tracings to be made for the Edinburgh College's use. Anderson's concern for the NASS led to pressure from the newly founded Institute of Scottish Architects which resulted in publication of the drawings. The 'National Art Survey of Scotland. Examples of Scottish Architecture from the 12th to the 17th Century' appeared in four volumes between 1921 and 1933.

Accruals No further accruals are expected.

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1176461

Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 162) National Art Survey of Scotland

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/12 Elevation and long and transverse sections. 1906 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/13 Elevations to E and W. 1906 Item Level
Prints and Drawings Prints and Drawings WLD 36/14 Details of windows and door. 1906 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/15 Detail of choir arch pier. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/16 Detail of rib moulding. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/17 Detail of vaulting rib. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/18 Detail of capital on W side of crossing. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WLD 36/19 Detail of base and capitals. 1900 Item Level
Prints and Drawings Prints and Drawings WLD 36/20 Detail of doors and windows. 1900 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images B 9746 Edinburgh, Quayside Street, Quayside Mills. General view of the steeple. V Currie c. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room WGD 34/1 Elevation, sections and details of Norman doorway. 1876 Item Level
On-line Digital Images On-line Digital Images SC 1240759 Historic photographic view of Chapel Royal, Stirling Castle from S. 1901 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5130 View of entrance from South West. c. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room F 4915 Historic Photograph: View from South West 1901 Item Level
Print Room Print Room F 4924 Historic Photograph: Doorway in garden 1901 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5078 View from South East. c. 1900 Item Level
Prints and Drawings Prints and Drawings FID 77/7 Photostat of FID 77/6 1906 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5212 Detail of Blind Arcade. c. 1900 Item Level
Prints and Drawings Prints and Drawings FID 38/3 Photostat copy of FID 38/1 and 38/2 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5077 View of East gable from East. c. 1900 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5076 View of Cloisters from South East. c. 1900 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5082 View of Cloisters from North East. c. 1900 Item Level
Photographs and Off-line Digital Images Photographs and Off-line Digital Images F 5080 View of West gable from West. c. 1900 Item Level
Print Room Print Room FID 77/8 South and north Transept arches; arch south side of nave; window in east wall of north transept - Elevations 1":2' Details 1/4 f.s Delt T Aikman Swan 1905 Item Level

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