With the sketchbook turned to the left, scattered across the page are sketches of architectural details: mainly doors and windows, but also signs and decorative features; and inscriptions describing the architecture (‘4 windows’) and transcribing shop signs.
[?]Mark and John Mackensay f[...] p[...] yellow
Wm [?]Marshbank & [...] [...] Smith High P [?]Crmw
[?]Tea [?]hourly [?]works J Swinton G[...] [?]Warbrown
Door under the
Door under the Town
Some of the fragments are clearly ecclesiastical, such as two details of an arched window in the centre of the page, and what may be stained-glass or ornate panelling below. At the bottom right of the page is a Doric column with the corner of a pediment above. Other elements are probably domestic, like the two windows at the top of the page, one of which seems to have items hanging from it as in a shop. The ‘door under the window’ at the bottom left, could equally be the side door to a church, or, for example, to a public house. There are several signs: a shield-shaped panel at the upper right – presumably belonging to an inn – next to which is inscribed, ‘Tea | Spirits | Wines’, and an ornate oval sign at the bottom of the page with indecipherable inscription. At the bottom of the page is a building with arches that are either arched windows, or a colonnade.
An inscription below these sketches on the opposite page (folio 66 verso; D13578
), referring to Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’, could point to where these architectural features were seen, however, their character is probably more in keeping with the Old Town.