This is a very competent drawing by the Scottish impresario, Richard Demarco.
Demarco was born in Edinburgh in 1930. and is a well-known artist and promoter of the arts in the City. He attended Edinburgh College of Art in the 1940s. He was a co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963.
For many years, the Demarco Gallery promoted cultural links with Eastern Europe. Demarco organized many influential exhibitions of contemporary Polish, Romanian, and Yugoslav art, including shows by Paul Neagu (please see my exhibition posters for his shows on sale in my online store). Demarco also helped to establish outgoing connections for Scottish artists across Europe.
Demarco is credited with being a major force in the introduction of avant-garde art to Scotland and has inspired and promoted generations of Scottish artists.
This work is a small pen and ink study by him showing a view taken at the Mound intersection - and looking up the Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle.
It is full of detail and documents accurately how the Lawnmarket area looked some 50 plus years ago. This would have been sketched long before Edinburgh became a "hot spot" tourist destination.
It was probably drawn early in the late evening on a Sunday - there are no cars and not even a single person out on the street. The iconic blue police box (to the left) and red telephone box (to the right) are prominent fixtures on the street. A moon is seen in the distance behind the clouds.
It has been signed and dated 1965 by the artist. This is an early work by Demarco and a rarer Edinburgh view. It is certainly a very fine wee drawing by him and in good vintage condition.
Image size is 21 x 36 cm. Frame size is 33 x 48 cm
I have had it recently professionally reframed and it is all ready for you to just hang on your wall.
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