Greyfriars Bobby, drawn in pencil, ink and watercolour

Posted on Jul 26, 2017
Greyfriars Bobby, drawn in pencil, ink and watercolour

Greyfriars Bobby (Brewhemia)A sign of true devotion, Greyfriars Bobby deserves a pat when visiting Edinburgh. 

Skye Terrier Bobby belonged to John Gray, an Edinburgh City Policeman, who when he died in 1858 was buried in Greyfriars  Kirkyard. Bobby was then said to spend his remaining 14 years by the side of his master’s grave.

In 1867 the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers, who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, paid for Bobby’s licence and gave the dog a collar, now in the Museum of Edinburgh.

A year after the dogs death this drinking fountain was commissioned by Lady Burdett-Coutts, the statue was sculpted by William Brodie.

Sketchbobby photos

Mounted prints of this drawing of Edinburgh’s most famous dog can be bought online in either 150x100mm for £18 or 200x290mm for £32 plus postage.

This sketch was drawn in pencil and then inked over the top. I then erased the pencil marks before adding a watercolour wash.

Buy a signed copy here.

Museum of Edinburgh website.

2 Comments

  1. EdinburghSketcher
    August 4, 2017

    Hi Barbara, thanks for letting me know he arrived safe and sound!!

  2. Barbara Shannon
    August 4, 2017

    Just received my print of Greyfriars Bobby. It’s lovely thank you very much. I was a student at the Herriot Watt University in the 70’s when I regularly went from the main building in Chambers Street to the Mountbatten Building in the Grassmarket so this view is very familiar. Thanks for the memories.

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