Edinburgh World Heritage Talk

March 21, 2023 Published by Alex McCoskrie

Paul Sandby’s Edinburgh

Paul Sandby came to Edinburgh in 1747 as an unknown English draughtsman to draw maps for the military; he left the city 4 years later as a promising artist who would become the so-called father of English Watercolour. During his stay in the city he painted and sketched the city and all classes of its people extensively, bringing it to life in watercolours as nobody had done before. His surveyor’s discipline and artist’s eye accurately captured a Georgian city on the cusp of changing forever.

Join Andy Arthur, Edinburgh’s weaver of historical threads, as he explores a 1750 watercolour view of Edinburgh, teasing out what has changed and what remains. Expect to see a fresh perspective on the city, and hear obscure and overlooked stories of Edinburgh’s past.

In person (includes drinks reception):

  • Members £8
  • Non-members £12


  • Member £6
  • Non-members £10


  • Date: Wednesday 29 March 2023
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Venue: St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP

This event will also be recorded, and the recording later distributed to ticket holders.

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