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McKean's Watercolour Reconstructions

McKean's Watercolour Reconstructions Alan MacDonald The watercolours reproduced in this section were all executed by Charles McKean as what he himself called `conjectural reconstructions', drawing on a range of sources including standing remnants, contemporary descriptions, paintings, engravings and architectural drawings. His intention was not to make a dogmatic claim that this is exactly how these buildings looked, rather he sought to provide an impression of what they might have looked like at a particular point in the past. His goal was to encourage us to see the grand houses of the elite of early modern Scotland as their owners and builders had intended, where we had traditionally chosen to see only grim fortresses. The Editors would like to acknowledge the help of University of Dundee Archive Services in sourcing and supplying images for this section. Charles McKean's watercolours are reproduced with kind permission of University of Dundee Archive Services and Margaret McKean. Architectural Heritage XXVI (2015): ix­xvi DOI: 10.3366/arch.2015.0062 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/journal/arch Plate 1. Reconstruction sketches based on Timothy Pont's late sixteenth-century manuscript maps. Charles spotted that, for some elite houses, Pont had sought to provide miniature depictions of the actual buildings and their surrounding structures. x ) Plate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

McKean's Watercolour Reconstructions

Architectural Heritage , Volume 26 (1): ix – Nov 1, 2015

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2015
Subject
Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2015.0062
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Alan MacDonald The watercolours reproduced in this section were all executed by Charles McKean as what he himself called `conjectural reconstructions', drawing on a range of sources including standing remnants, contemporary descriptions, paintings, engravings and architectural drawings. His intention was not to make a dogmatic claim that this is exactly how these buildings looked, rather he sought to provide an impression of what they might have looked like at a particular point in the past. His goal was to encourage us to see the grand houses of the elite of early modern Scotland as their owners and builders had intended, where we had traditionally chosen to see only grim fortresses. The Editors would like to acknowledge the help of University of Dundee Archive Services in sourcing and supplying images for this section. Charles McKean's watercolours are reproduced with kind permission of University of Dundee Archive Services and Margaret McKean. Architectural Heritage XXVI (2015): ix­xvi DOI: 10.3366/arch.2015.0062 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/journal/arch Plate 1. Reconstruction sketches based on Timothy Pont's late sixteenth-century manuscript maps. Charles spotted that, for some elite houses, Pont had sought to provide miniature depictions of the actual buildings and their surrounding structures. x ) Plate

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2015

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