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Field Visit

Date 9 November 1999

Event ID 612446

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


Potrait bust of Andrew Carnegie, bearded, looking upwards, wearing bow tie, jacket and collared waistcoat, set on double base of different coloured marble with an aedicular wall niche with panels and moulding (painted).

Andrew Carnegie laid the foundation stone of the Central Library on 9 July 1887.

In 1886 Andrew Carnegie offered £25,000, later increased to £50,000, for the establishment of a free Central Library in Edinburgh, provided the city adopt the Public Libraries Act.. This was accepted by the city.

Inscriptions : On brown marble base at front: CARNEGIE

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 1891

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0126)

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