Sunday, 10 May 2009
Repairs to the Robert Burns Monument
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Burns Monument while repairs were being carried out to the structure. In having the opportunity to climb up the scaffolding and view the structure up close, it was fantastic to be able to see the detail of Thomas Hamilton's designs for this structure.
Detail of the cupola roof covered in imitation laurel leaves, which is taken from Stuart and Revett's Choragic Monument of Lysicrates - This can also be found on the Alloway Burns Monument.
Detail of the sejant, winged lions (not griffins, as they are described in Edinburgh's Buildings of Scotland guide) which support the finial. According to Joe Rock, in his publication on Thomas Hamilton's work, these are based on Charles H. Tatham's "Etchings of Ancient Ornamental Architecture", dating to 1806.
Detail of a lion water spout, situated at the wallhead guttering
Many thanks to the City of Edinburgh Council and Ediburgh World Heritage Trust for allowing me to carry out this fascinating visit.