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September 23 2020

Monuments and sculpture memorialised by new drawing collection

Alan Dunlop has published a fresh batch of sketches drawn as part of an ever-lengthening diary of life under lockdown.

Architecture in Memoriam sees the architect shift focus towards monuments and sculpture, taking in sights such as The Bridge of Sighs at the Glasgow Necropolis and the Wallace Monument, Stirling.

Dunlop said: "This lockdown looks like continuing at some pace so I've started a new sketchbook Architecture in Memoriam, a collection of Scotland's greatest monument architecture and memorial sculpture.

"The Spean Bridge Commando and Royal Scots Greys monuments are commissions but fit the theme."

Previous genres include Architecture in Ruin, a snapshot of buildings in danger of being lost to time.

Main image: The "Bridge of Sighs" 1833. Created to cross the Molendinar Burn ( now Wishart Street ) from Cathedral Square to the Necropolis, the "city of the dead," Architect James Hamilton, the son of David Hamilton. Category A listed. Cathedral and Royal Infirmary 1914 Category B listed Architect James Miller, in background.

Memorial to Sir Walter Scott who died in 1832. An architectural competition was launched for a memorial to Scott in 1836 and won by George Meikle Kemp in 1838 and construction began in 1840. At the at the base of the monument is a sculpture of Scott
Memorial to Sir Walter Scott who died in 1832. An architectural competition was launched for a memorial to Scott in 1836 and won by George Meikle Kemp in 1838 and construction began in 1840. At the at the base of the monument is a sculpture of Scott
Morton Hall Crematorium Edinburgh 1967 Architect Sir Basil Spence & Partners. Category A listed. A multi-denominational crematorium which is located in the south of the city
Morton Hall Crematorium Edinburgh 1967 Architect Sir Basil Spence & Partners. Category A listed. A multi-denominational crematorium which is located in the south of the city

Royal Scots Greys Memorial 1906. Sculptor William Birnie Rhind RSA . West Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh Castle in background. Category B listed
Royal Scots Greys Memorial 1906. Sculptor William Birnie Rhind RSA . West Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh Castle in background. Category B listed
The Cenotaph, George Square Glasgow, 1922. In remembrance of the soldiers who died during the First World War. Architect J J Burnet. Lion sculptures Ernest Gillick
The Cenotaph, George Square Glasgow, 1922. In remembrance of the soldiers who died during the First World War. Architect J J Burnet. Lion sculptures Ernest Gillick

The National Monument to Sir William Wallace in Stirling was opened in 1869, located near Wallace's most famous victory at Stirling Bridge in 1297. The architect was John Thomas Rochead. Only two of Rochead's original designs have survived
The National Monument to Sir William Wallace in Stirling was opened in 1869, located near Wallace's most famous victory at Stirling Bridge in 1297. The architect was John Thomas Rochead. Only two of Rochead's original designs have survived
The Spean Bridge memorial comprises a group of three bronze commandos, looking south towards Ben Nevis. Category A listed. Sculptor Scott Sutherland 1952
The Spean Bridge memorial comprises a group of three bronze commandos, looking south towards Ben Nevis. Category A listed. Sculptor Scott Sutherland 1952

5 Comments

Scottish architect, currently furloughed.
#1 Posted by Scottish architect, currently furloughed. on 24 Sep 2020 at 10:11 AM
Brilliant! Though some artist license taken with necropolis maybe?
RK artist
#2 Posted by RK artist on 24 Sep 2020 at 11:36 AM
Not impressed by commandos as a worthy subject matter at all, though nicely done. Scott and Wallace monuments look very accomplished pencil drawings, particularly for an architect. Great lions.
Alan Dunlop
#3 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 24 Sep 2020 at 13:11 PM
Genuinely shocked at the lack of respect for our commandos- I have come to the conclusion that we are suffering from not only a novel corona virus but also from collective amnesia.



RK artist
#4 Posted by RK artist on 24 Sep 2020 at 13:25 PM
Mr Dunlop i meant not a worthy subject as part of a collection of architecture pencil drawings only but still accomplished for an architect.
John Grant
#5 Posted by John Grant on 25 Sep 2020 at 10:52 AM
RK artist - explanation not convincing - sounds more in tune with the widespread rewriting of our history. Remember 'those who do not know our history are condemned to repeating it' (approximate quote) Commandos are hugely important in achieving the country we live in.

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