1) Design for Free St George's Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh; 2) Design for Free St George's Church, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh by David Bryce

David Bryce is a key figure in Scotland’s 19th century architectural history.


Pencil & watercolour on paper
1) 69 x 49 cm; 2) 72.5 x 49.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,200 ( Total: £8,400)
Acquired in:
David and Rachel Blissett

He played a major role in developing the taste for the Baronial revival style through his designs for houses and public buildings. These previously unknown drawings of the Free St George's Church are fine examples of the way in which architects used highly finished perspectives to promote their work to their clients as well as to a wider public. Bryce exhibited these at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. The drawings are particularly interesting as they represent variant designs for a scheme that was executed partly after David Bryce's death to the design of another architect. These drawings are the best source of information about the building as originally conceived.


D & R Blissett. The works have been vetted by the Art Loss Register.

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