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AN ACADEMIC PURSUIT

AN ACADEMIC PURSUIT ANDREW G FRÄSER AND IAN GOW AN ACADEMIC PURSUIT An Academic Pursuit was the title of what was certainly the smallest exhibition mounted to mark the Robert Adam bi-centcnary. It has been known for some years that there are a number of cut-paper dioramas of Adam's designs for the principal facades of his Edinburgh University building, and it seemed an attractive idea to try to bring together as many as possible in a comparative exhibition.1 Thanks to the goodwill and kindness of their various owners, no less than seven of these attractive box models were assembled in the showcase adjacent to the reception area at Old College during November 1992, together with photographs and information about another four that had been traced elsewhere. Although it had been fancifully supposed that they played some part in the design process as architectural models or were in some way connected with the necessary fund-raising, the disparity of expertise evident when the models were seen side by side in the exhibition strongly suggested an amateur exercise, more in the nature of polite handicrafts than professional model-making. 10.1. & 10.2. Pair of cut-paper models of of the Edinburgh University, Old College. This pair, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

AN ACADEMIC PURSUIT

Architectural Heritage , Volume 4 (1): 101 – Jan 1, 1993

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.1993.4.1.101
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ANDREW G FRÄSER AND IAN GOW AN ACADEMIC PURSUIT An Academic Pursuit was the title of what was certainly the smallest exhibition mounted to mark the Robert Adam bi-centcnary. It has been known for some years that there are a number of cut-paper dioramas of Adam's designs for the principal facades of his Edinburgh University building, and it seemed an attractive idea to try to bring together as many as possible in a comparative exhibition.1 Thanks to the goodwill and kindness of their various owners, no less than seven of these attractive box models were assembled in the showcase adjacent to the reception area at Old College during November 1992, together with photographs and information about another four that had been traced elsewhere. Although it had been fancifully supposed that they played some part in the design process as architectural models or were in some way connected with the necessary fund-raising, the disparity of expertise evident when the models were seen side by side in the exhibition strongly suggested an amateur exercise, more in the nature of polite handicrafts than professional model-making. 10.1. & 10.2. Pair of cut-paper models of of the Edinburgh University, Old College. This pair,

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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