Basic Site Details

Name: National Gallery of Scotland
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: Competition assessed by Sir Charles Barry; results passed over and commission given to W H Playfair.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51845 Competition design 
Item 2 of 51848  Sketch scheme
Item 3 of 518501857Build/construction 
Item 4 of 519111912 Internal alterations to west section
Item 5 of 51978 AdditionExhibition space was enlarged in 1978 with the partially underground 'New Wing'.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4(Sir) Charles Barry  1848 Sketch scheme; also consulted by Treasury in 1849 on Playfair's original scheme for two identical galleries housing the National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy flanking the Mound roadway; recommended that they be combined as a single structure
Item 2 of 4William Henry Playfair B18501857 
Item 3 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency) A19111912Internal alterations to west section - with Oldrieve as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works
Item 4 of 4William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve) A19111912Internal alterations to west section. Oldrieve as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1The Weston Linkbasement linkage of the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy. Provides a low level entrance to both buildings from Princes Street Gardens. The Link provides 20,000 sq ft of accomodation including a lecture theatre, education suite, IT gallery, lavatories, restaurant and cafe. The project was partly funded by The Scottish Executive and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as extensive public donations. Named for the Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the major private sponsors of the project.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Clifford, Timothy and Gow, Ian1988The National Gallery of Scotland: an architectural and decorative history   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS Quarterly1922no 2Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 
Item 2 of 2Scotsman5 August 2004   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh University LibraryPlans44 
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27679 
Item 3 of 3National Records of Scotland (formerly SRO, later NAS)Ministry of Works files