Friday, January 18, 2013

'Scotia depicta' - Digital Library Materials

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) have just digitised 'Scotia depicta,' a book containing illustrated plates of nineteenth century Scotland's most picturesque landscapes, buildings, cities and towns. A search by town shows that plates of Edinburgh dominate the content, however we found this charming image of Glasgow's Royal Infirmary using a broad search. (Click on 'Browse and search' and select Subject/ content to search by structure or building type).

The plates were etched by James Fittler (appointed engraver to King George III) from drawings by John Claude Nattes. A brief blurb is given for each one, helping to give context to what are quite extraordinary depictions of a bygone time.

If this inspires you, NLS's full digital gallery can be viewed here for free. The photographs of old Edinburgh from the 1920s and those of the Forth and Tay Bridges under construction are of interest as, undoubtedly, so too is the access to high-resolution zoomable images of over 48,000 maps of Scotland.