Street Life in Victorian Edinburgh: The colourful world of Ned Holt

Street Life in Victorian Edinburgh: The colourful world of Ned Holt

Exhibition

An exhibition with poetry written by Donald Campbell.

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Who is this for? - All
Dates: 2 May 2014 - 28 June 2014
Cost: Free


In Victorian times, Edinburgh’s Old Town was alive with the cries of the street vendors, beggars and showmen. It was these hardy men and women who provided the necessities of life. Knife grinders, shoe menders, match sellers and caddies mixed with lawyers and academics. bagpipes-465.jpg


Ned Holt was a well known Edinburgh actor and showman. To supplement his income, he painted the colourful characters among whom he worked. These simple sketches are invaluable social documents, capturing the spirit of the times. This display of Ned’s work is accompanied by specially written poems about each of the characters by poet Donald Campbell.   

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