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Detail of carved panel giving details of Tobias George Smollett at Smollett's Lodging, St John Street, Edinburgh, St John Street elevation above pend from Canongate.

DP 158627

Description Detail of carved panel giving details of Tobias George Smollett at Smollett's Lodging, St John Street, Edinburgh, St John Street elevation above pend from Canongate.

Date 24/7/2013

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number DP 158627

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content This ten-bayed, four-storeyed tenement was originally built in 1755, but was reconstructed in 1955 by Alexander Esme Gordon (1910-93) & William Gordon Dey (1911-97) architects. The tenement was originally built for the Earls of Hopetoun, but became part of Moray House College of Education (now University of Edinburgh) in the early 1950s, which prompted the redevelopment work to provide a series of classrooms, staff studies and a theatre within the building. The building retains its rubble stonework, and 12-paned sash and case windows throughout. There is a full-height curved stairtower on the rear elevation (to St John's Street), and a wide pend leading to Canongate from St John's Street. There are two carved panels to each elevation above the pend: this panel to the rear elevation notes that the Scottish poet and author, Tobias George Smollett (1721-71) resided at his sister's house here in 1766, while the panel on the Canongate elevation bears a St Andrew's Cross with a lion rampant, and acts as a datestone for the reconstruction work.

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1345451

Collection Hierarchy - Item Level

Collection Level (551 1) RCAHMS

Group Level (551 1/4) National Survey Programmes

>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/4/8) Urban Survey Programme

>>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/128/26/3) Edinburgh Canongate

>>>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/128/26/3/1) Canongate Historic Core Area of Townscape Character

>>>>> Item Level (DP 158627) Detail of carved panel giving details of Tobias George Smollett at Smollett's Lodging, St John Street, Edinburgh, St John Street elevation above pend from Canongate.

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