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Support for a new statue

Hopefully soon there will be a new statue on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, for Dr Elsie Inglis.

For #internationalwomensday today I’ve sketched my support for a statue to Dr Elsie Inglis, a Scottish doctor, surgeon, teacher, suffragist, and founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, one of which stood on this site on the Royal Mile.

A campaign to raise £50k for ‘A Statue for Elsie Inglis.’ has begun and a group of enthusiastic Elsie Inglis supporters are on a mission to kickstart this campaign with a number of special events across Edinburgh, which famously has more statues of animals than women!

The design for the new potential statue is not finalised yet but I like the idea of a walking Elsie, on the ground rather than a plinth and slightly larger than everyone else at around 7 or 8 feet tall. Just walking through the Edinburgh crowds on the way up the Royal Mile, just as she once did.

Find out more about the cause here:

This pencil and watercolour sketch which measures 7 x 7 inches, is now available as a framed original (13 inch square in the frame) for £75 including UK delivery. All £75 from this sale will go to the ‘A Statue for Elsie Inglis’ appeal.
Email me for more details at contact@edinburghsketcher.com

Robert Burns returns to Leith

Removed to make way for the tram works, the land mark statue returns to Bernard Street in time for Burns Night.

I was just passing by as the crane was lifting Rabbie from the back of a lorry and placing him in position, on the corner of Constitution street in Leith.

The statue was erected by the Leith Burns Club in 1898 and has been moved a few times but hopefully now he can relax, he looks pleased to be back in his rightful place, looking over Leithers as they pass by.

The statue will be officially unveiled once again, on Burns Night 2022, the 25th January.

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.

Oasis in the city

I took the twins into town this afternoon, for a busy afternoon meeting some clients.  While criss crossing the centre we dropped into the National Museum of Scotland to give the kids a banana and some milk.

I’m so glad the museum is open again (after being closed for refurbishment), it is great we have these educational places which are free, where you can sit for a while without having to buy a coffee (unless you want too) and soak up a little of the amazing facts and figures from the exhibits that surround you.

For instance earlier we all met today’s sketch subject, Arensnuphis, whose statue dates back to around 50BC and would once of stood guard outside a temple.

Visit here for more information, and watch out for the upcoming Fascinating Mummies exhibition, from 11th February to 27th May 2012.