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Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Scott Monument

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A free-standing neo-gothic tower, the Scott Monument functions primarily as an enclosure for John Steell’s colossal marble statue of the writer Sir Walter Scott. Alexander Handyside Ritchie was the sculptor for Prince Charles Edward Stuart; Peter Slater the sculptor for George Heriot; Andrew Currie the sculptor for Edie Ochiltree; John Rhind the sculptor for Ivanhoe; Thomas Stuart Burnett the sculptor for Effie Deans.
Title

Scott Monument

Date

1840–1844

Medium

Binny sandstone & Carrara marble

Measurements

H 6110 x W 1520 x D 1580 cm

Accession number

EH2_GB_S018

Work type

Monument

Owner

City of Edinburgh Council

Custodian

City of Edinburgh Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

A (Scotland)

Unveiling date

15th August 1846

Listing date

14/12/70

Access

at all times

Signature/marks description

JOHN STEELL / SCULPT. EDINR. / 15TH. AUGUST. 1846

Inscription description

THE SCOTT MONUMENT / ERECTED 1840-44 TO THE MEMORY OF / SIR WALTER SCOTT BART. / 1771-1832 / BORN IN EDINBURGH, LAWYER AND ARDENT PATRIOT, / HE WON ENDURING FAME AS A ROMANTIC POET AND / THE AUTHOR OF THE WAVERLEY NOVELS. THIS / MONUMENT WAS DESIGNED BY GEORGE MEIKLE KEMP / AND THE STATUE OF SCOTT IS BY SIR JOHN STEELL

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Located at

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

EH2 2EJ

Located on the upper terrace, opposite South St David Street.