New book on Scottish Architecture 1660-1750
Updated: Jul 22, 2020
Edinburgh University Press have just published The Architecture of Scotland, 1660-1750, a 'richly illustrated, revisionist overview of Scotland's early Classical architecture', as it says on the cover. The book resulted from the University of Edinburgh's three-day conference on the topic in 2015. At 642 pages and £150, it's a monster, but full of fascinating essays grouped by theme on various aspects of late 17th and early 18th-century building culture in Scotland, including: Classicism and the Castle; the Business of Building, Trades, Materials & Pattern Books; the Country House; Gardens; and Urban Architecture. The book is a tribute to the Herculean efforts of Louisa Humm, who co-ordinated the enormous project along with her fellow editors, John Lowrey and Aonghus MacKechnie, and the staff and designers at EUP. My contribution is an essay on William Adam's 1726 design for the garden at Arniston House, Midlothian. I also supplied a number of images for other essays and the cover photograph. The ebook can be downloaded and printed copies are available from the EUP website at a 30% discount during July 2020 using the code NEW30: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-architecture-of-scotland-1660-1750.html.