A Sketch­book of Ed­in­burgh

Scottish Field - - COVER TO COVER - BY IAN FRASER AND ANNE FRASER SIM

Ed­in­burgh is a much-pho­tographed city with a raft of iconic and in­stantly recog­nis­able land­marks that all help to make the cap­i­tal ar­guably the world’s most beau­ti­ful city. But there’s so many lesser­known and sel­dom pho­tographed, but none-the-less beau­ti­ful places, in the cap­i­tal and they are what makes this book of sketches really spe­cial.

The au­thors, along with lo­cal artists Keli Clark, Irina Cucu, Cat Ou­tram and Cather­ine Steven­son have ven­tured to Stock­bridge, the Wa­ter of Leith and be­yond to pro­duce sketches of build­ings, parks and streets pep­pered with gor­geous de­tailed mini-sketches fea­tur­ing in­ter­est­ing clocks, gar­goyles and street art. 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 dre­ich days when any Ed­in­burger with an ounce of sense will stay firmly in­doors.

Nearly ev­ery­thing in the city is recre­ated through the medi­ums of pen and wa­ter­colour. The 150 odd il­lus­tra­tions are the fo­cal point of the book for good rea­son. They are mar­vel­lous and the artists have truly done a credit to the city. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing words from Iain Fraser and Anne Fraser Sim are an in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive ac­com­pa­ni­ment to this vis­ual tour through Ed­in­burgh.

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.

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