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Fine lines: Edinburgh-born James Drummond's art digitised

A series of drawings and paintings from the 1800s have been digitised and made available online.

The artwork by Edinburgh-born James Drummond features historic landmarks such as standing stones and ruined castles, as well as found objects such as a dead bird.

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Digitising Drummond's illustrations formed part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland's Skills for the Future Trainees.

The project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.

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The Drummond Collection, which includes a sketch of several members of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland visiting the Catstane near Edinburgh and another of the Witches Stone in East Lothian, was handed over to RCAHMS in 1975.

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Image copyright RCAHMS

Ancient standing stones were often the subject of Drummond's work.

Others he drew were Aberdeenshire's Stone of Ballater, which he portrayed during the harvest, and the striking Clach a'Charra standing stone in the Highlands.

The artist also drew and painted old ruins, including Kirkhope Tower in the Scottish Borders.

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