Sphinxes on the Royal Scottish Academy - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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N 55° 57.079 W 003° 11.784
30U E 487735 N 6200678
Quick Description: Eight sphinxes (two on each corner) on the roof of the Royal Scottish Academy
Location: Southern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/27/2018 4:00:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMZE22
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
 

On the roof of the Royal Scottish Academy in the Princes Street in Edinburgh one can see eight sphinxes. Each corner has two of them. On each long side of the building all four sphinxes look in the same direction. 

History

"John Steell was commissioned to carve the sphinxes and the statue of Queen Victoria. On 21 January 1837 the Edinburgh Evening Post reported that it had 'just been favoured with an inspection of the model of a Colossal Sphinx'. The paper had been concerned that a Grecian building should be surmounted by Roman sphinxes, but having seen Steell's model it found that the 'objection has been entirely dissipated; as [Steell] has so modified its character, that it is rendered completely Grecian in its style and bearing'."

Source: canmore.org.uk/site/68128/edinburgh-77a-princes-street-royal-scottish-academy

Style: Greek

Medium: Stone

Head Type: Man

Street Address:
77A Princes Street
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
EH2 2DF


Statue Name: Not listed

Specify Other Head: Not listed

Head Namesake: Not listed

Website: Not listed

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