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Recent Designs in Domestic Architecture

Recent designs in domestic


There is no dearth of good architecture
in Scotland, and the tendency in recent years to
import so many works to hang on the walls of the
Royal Scottish Academy has been viewed with
misgivings by many people who have at heart the
best interests of the Mistress of the Arts. In none
of the fine arts is it so necessary to encourage native
talent as in architecture. For this reason the
Architecture Room at the recent exhibition of
the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh was of
special interest and significance. Without excep-
tion the works on view, numbering about sixty in
all, were by Scottish architects, of whom seven
were Academicians or Associates; and of the
exhibits over fifty represented domestic or public
architecture in Scotland.

As regards the general character of the works
shown in this section, the chief features' were
simplicity of treatment and boldness of design,
especially noticeable in the illustrations of churches
and other public buildings; and a marked origin-

ality displayed by the more prominent exhibitors
in dealing with a commonplace theme, though
without the eccentricity which is sometimes met
with in English work. Some of the exhibits were
of a high order, as, for example, Sir John Burnet’s
black and white perspective, with detail drawing of
the front elevation and plan of the Institute of
Chemistry, Russell Square, London ; and all the
work appeared to merit well inclusion in the
premier Scottish exhibition. Of the all too few
examples of draughtsmanship, nothing but praise
can be written, especially good being Mr. A. N.
Paterson’s coloured perspective for a branch of the
National Bank of Scotland at Gourock, and Mr.
Hippolyte Blanc’s wash-drawing of part of the
faqade at the Ladies’ College, Queen Street,
Edinburgh. Another excellent exhibit was the
half-inch detail drawing of Haggerston Castle,
Northumberland, by Mr. J. B. Dunn, F.R.I.B.A.

Proceeding to a more detailed explanation, with
special reference to the examples of domestic
architecture illustrated in this issue, one of the
most interesting frames was that containing views
of the remodelling scheme carried out in the
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