Happy Valentines Day… now spit!

Heart_of_MidlothianThe Heart of Midlothian sits outside St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.


St Valentines Day and what better a sketch than that of the heart-shaped mosaic, made from coloured granite and which lies on the spot where once stood a prison and public execution site!


You may well see passers by spitting on the heart for good luck, a practice thought to originate from a sign of disdain for the former prison. I always thought that there was once a dungeon below and folk would spit on the prisoners as they passed but it seems I was mistaken. The crest of one of Edinburgh’s two Premier League football teams, Heart of Midlothian is based upon the mosaic.


The sketch is black fine liner with a watercolour wash over the top.


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