Prints and Paintings of The Royal Mile Edinburgh
This website offers the opportunity to learn more about artist William Highet's paintings of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, and to purchase fine art prints of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. An ideal gift, these Giclee fine art prints on paper, litho and canvas, depict the buildings of The Royal Mile in extraordinary detail.
THE ROYAL MILE EDINBURGH - THE MOST FAMOUS STREET IN THE WORLD
In the year 1723 Daniel Defoe described The Royal Mile, Edinburgh as "the largest, longest and finest street--- not only in Britain but in the world".
Even today the Royal Mile is world famous for its historic interest and wealth of architectural styles,attracting huge numbers of visitors and is a marvellous example of a "living" street with shops, museums, restaurants, historic buildings and apartments.
In the year 2000 William Highet embarked on his remarkable painting of this historic street - a World Heritage Site .The work was completed in May 2003 some two and a half years later. Such is the quality and historical value of his painting that it has been purchased by the City of Edinburgh Council. It has been displayed in various exhibitions held in the Museum of Edinburgh and in the City Art Centre. Most recently it was included in the exhibition "A Capital View" - The Art of Edinburgh, which featured one hundred artworks from the City Collection dating from the 17th.century to the present day. In conjunction with this exhibition a book with the same title was published and William Highets work was included alongside that of artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn, F.C.B.Cadell, John Bellany and Anne Redpath.
This wonderful painting almost 30 feet long, in six panels, depicts in exact detail half a mile of the Royal Mile extending from Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, the site of the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo during the Edinburgh Festival, to St. Marys Street. Here the Netherbow Port was situated, this being one of the six gates or ports in the wall surrounding the ancient Royal Burgh of Edinburgh. Included in the painting are many famous and historic landmarks such as the Lawnmarket, the Worlds End Close, the Mercat Cross, and St.Giles Cathedral. Other places of interest featured include the Scotch Whisky Experience, the Festival Fringe Office, the Museum of Childhood and the famous Witchery restaurant.
Beautifully detailed unique Giclee Prints of the total painting, signed by the artist, are available in various sizes in paper, litho and canvas.
A new feature now included with purchase of Canvas prints of the total painting is a short history of each building, researched by Anne Highet, Williams wife.
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