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Publication Date
15 October 2015
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A Capital View: The Art of Edinburgh

One Hundred Artworks from the City Collection
by Alyssa Popiel - Find out more about the author
Edinburgh boasts one of the most diverse collections of art of any city in Britain. Since the middle of the eighteenth century, on behalf of the citizens, the City Council has amassed over four and a half thousand artworks in a variety of media – including drawings, painting, prints, sculpture, photography and tapestry. The collection, which focuses on Scottish art, continues to grow through purchase, donation and bequest. In this book, Alyssa Jean Popiel has selected a hundred works of art from the Enlightenment to the present day which depict the city and its surroundings, introducing the artists, discussing technical details, and offering fascinating historical and anecdotal information.
Including the works of artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn, Alexander Nasmyth, F.C.B. Cadell, Anne Redpath and John Bellany, A Capital View underlines the extraordinary breadth and range of this nationally significant collection, and is at the same time a magnificent celebration of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Publication coincides with an exhibition at the City Art Centre. Click here for more details.

Alyssa Popiel grew up in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. In her mother’s antique shop she discovered strange objects, books of old and listened to many a tale and song. After studying History of Art at Edinburgh University, she worked as an arts researcher for BBC Scotland. She continues to live, work and daydream in her home town.

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