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Today is the bicentenary of the famous visit of George IV to Edinburgh 

In 1822, the year following his coronation, George IV paid a state visit to Edinburgh - the first visit by an English monarch since Charles II. Every effort was made by both the Royal household and Sir Walter Scott, who supervised the King's reception, to ensure that the trip was a success. George spent over £1000 on clothes and highland dress, the streets were lined. The visit increased the king's popularity in Scotland, turning some subjects away from the rebellious radicalism of the time. However, it was Sir Walter Scott's organisation of the visit, with the inclusion of tartan pageantry, that was to have a lasting influence, by elevating the tartan kilt to become part of Scotland's national identity. This magnificent panorama of the capital from Calton Hill presents us with the striking contrasts between Edinburgh’s Old Town, its grey, cramped tenements dominated by the ancient castle, and the beginning of the elegant New Town. Sir Walter Scott was instrumental in all happening in this extraordinary painting.  Join us for our stream on the City Art Centre facebook page where we will look at the painting.  In a second follow up video you can join us to weave some fun tartan!

250 years

A painting from the City Art Centre - a family craft event

Digital Event: Family Craft - The Visit of George IV - August 1822

Photograph “View of the Scott Monument, Edinburgh, from east and Princes Street with Edinburgh Castle and the Mound in the background.” c. 1860-80 © Historic Environment Scotland

The Gothic Rocket: The Scott Monument

Friday 20 August 2021, 2:00pm

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20 August 2021 at 2pm. This week was the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Sir Walter Scott. As part of the celebrations we are delighted to bring...

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