The Old Town of Edinburgh from Waverley Bridge (detail), from an original photogravure made from Sir George Reid’s drawing by Charles Amand-Durand (1831 – 1905) in Paris for W. & R. Chambers c.1889. Amand-Durand introduced what he termed the “héliogravure” (photogravure) technique to France, and this is one of three photogravures by him of works by Sir George Reid used by W. & R. Chambers to illustrate St. Giles: Church, College and Cathedral by J. Cameron Lees (Edinburgh, W. & R. Chambers, 1889). In partnership with Georges Duplessis, Amand-Durand produced famous reproductions of the great engravers of history, Durer, Rembrandt, Claude and others. The Aberdonian Sir George Reid (1841-1913) studied in Edinburgh and Holland before settling in Edinburgh where he became one of the foremost portrait painters of the late nineteenth century.

Image courtesy of the Signet Library, Edinburgh.

Leave a Reply