Day two in Edinburgh – friday 5th April

Full Scottish breakfast except I  refused the haggis.  Traditionally it contains lungs, except in the version made for the US of A, where lungs is a prohibited ingredient in food for human consumption.  Oddly, I imagine there will be lung in most burgers and sausages, and I eat them.

Then a walk into the city for culture and beer.  In the Art Gallery saw two mid-eighteenth century portraits of wealthy guys, both by Allan Ramsay.  My granny thought red flares and handmade green and yellow tie-dyed shirt were too bright – at least they were affordable and easy to clean.

43 year old James Bateman, painted by Ramsay in Italy in 1756

43 year old James Bateman, painted by Ramsay in Italy in 1756

George Bristow, barrister and later Clerk to the Merchant Taylors' Guild in London, painted in 1750 when he was 23.  The waistcoat features colours from the family crest - any excuse.

George Bristow, barrister and later Clerk to the Merchant Taylors’ Guild in London, painted in 1750 when he was 23. The waistcoat features colours from the family crest – any excuse.

This really pretty Van Gogh painting, being one of 14 he painted of olive groves whilst in an institution.  Don’t know if the groves were accessible to him there or painted from memory.

 Olive Grove by Van Gogh.  He painted it and more like it in San Remy asylum.  Shot himself the following year, 1890.

Olive Grove by Van Gogh. He painted it and more like it in San Remy asylum. Shot himself the following year, 1890.

After art we found a famous Victorian pub, the Cafe Royal, rich in handpainted tiles, polished hardwood and brass.  One of the tiled images was of George Stephenson with a younger man, possibly his son Robert.  I like to think I’m related, but have never tried to find out, in case I’m not.  Enjoyed Kilburn Carte Blanche beer with a sandwich.

George Stephenson above, Rob Stephenson below, at the Cafe Royal, Edinburgh.

George Stephenson above, Rob Stephenson below, at the Cafe Royal, Edinburgh.

 

 

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