NT2573 : Genius Of Architecture statue, Princes Street Gardens

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Genius Of Architecture statue, Princes Street Gardens
Genius Of Architecture statue, Princes Street Gardens
Statue by William Brodie (1815-81), entitled 'The Genius Of Architecture Rewarding At Once The Science And The Practice Of The Art'. It depicts a goddess-like figure placing laurel wreaths on the heads of twin boys in kilts. Made for the 1862 International Exhibition in London, it ended up in the garden of 'Rockville', an architecturally eccentric house in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh, whose owner, Sir James Gowans, was married to one of the sculptor's daughters. In 1891 a later owner gifted it to the Council who placed it in the Gardens. Another of Brodie's works about a mile from here must be the most photographed statue in Edinburgh, namely Greyfriars Bobby.

Quite apart from the family connection, it seems appropriate that a statue bearing this title should have had an association with the strikingly unusual house in Napier Road that Gowans built as his home. It was popularly believed that, as the manager of several quarries, he had an obsession with stone of all varieties and that this was reflected in the design and composition of Rockville. Despite its category B listed status and a public outcry, almost nothing remains of the house which was demolished in 1966. Gowans was knighted for his part in organising the Edinburgh International Exhibition of 1886 and was responsible for the sundial that can still be seen at the western end of the Meadows. It, too, is composed of various types of stone.
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For a view of the statue in its surroundings, see NT2573 : Princes Street Gardens

NT2573 : Greyfriars Bobby
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Monday, 5 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010
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