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A Sketchbook of Edinburgh - New Edition

Art & Photography, History, New Releases
Publication Date
11 July 2019
Hardback 240 x 280mm
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
Colour sketches throughout

A Sketchbook of Edinburgh - New Edition

Foreword by Alexander McCall Smith
by Iain Fraser & Anne Fraser Sim - Find out more about the author

’Sketches have been made whatever the weather, giving a lovely mix of bright and sunny summer imagery, atmospheric days with an air of menace in the rainy clouds and even the downright drench days when any Edinburger with an ounce of sense will stay firmly indoors….the artists have truly done a credit to the city… From the inside cover images featuring a variety of front doors from around the city, you can’t help being hooked by this beautifully produced book. It’s the perfect gift for anyone missing the architecture and landscape of Scotland’s capital city’ – Scottish Field

In this evocative book Iain and Anne Fraser take the reader, both visitor and resident, on a personal journey through the centre of one of the world’s most unforgettable cities. Working with four talented local artists (Irina Cucu, Cat Outram, Keli Clark and Catherine Stevenson) they reflect the character and cultural history of Edinburgh through 80 pages and 150 beautiful and original illustrations.

Their narrative describes the split personality of Scotland’s capital city, from the subdued sophistication of a ‘dreich’ February day to the flouncy and frivolous fun of the summer festival season. The dramatic character of Edinburgh and its history are world renowned. The authors highlight their favourite parts of the city centre and include a series of quirky stories discovered during their research gleaned from some of the many books written about the city.

After twenty years working in the shipping industry in Asia and America, Iain Fraser returned home in 1994 to establish The Elephant House, a café-restaurant in the Old Town famed for its connection with a certain fictional boy wizard.

Anne Fraser is Awards Manager at The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science and the Arts. Her role includes supporting young entrepreneurs aspiring to turn clever hi-tech ideas into successful businesses.

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