Our most popular digital images of 2015 (5 – 1)

Posted on January 14, 2016 | in CRC, Library, Library & University Collections, Research & Learning Services | by

Following yesterday’s publication of numbers 10 – 6, here are our top five digital images from 2015!

5. Mount Stuart, Bute, Floor Plan, 1879: EC.110 (new entry)

Rowand Anderson’s floor plan for the rebuilding of Mount Stuart, ancestral home of the Marquesses of Bute, after the original 18th century building was destroyed by fire.

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4. Letter by Deacon Brodie begging for mercy, 1788: La.II.131 (2014 rank = 4)

A letter from Deacon Brodie dated 10 September 1788, sent from Tollcross, begging for mercy prior to his execution.

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3. Khush khati (calligraphy), 17th / 18th century: Or.Ms 373 (2014 rank = 5)

From the the Qit’at-i Khushkhatt, an album of Persian calligraphy (Khush Khati). The text is written in seven types of character, including Nasta’liq, Naskh and Raihan, and conforms to the format of large central letters with small ones on the outside.

Khushkhati (Persian) -An album of calligraphy, plus 2 Portraits and 2 Engravings, circa 17th C?

2. Richardson’s Grouse, Male, c. 1820: JY 953 (new entry)

Image of a Richardson’s Grouse from Illustrations of Zoology, drawn by James Wilson and engraved by W.H. Lizars.

Richardson's Grouse, Male.

1. Ivanhoe: Castle of Torquilston, 1832: Corson P.3492 (2014 = 2)

This steel vignette, presumed to be engraved from Edward Finden’s design, shows Torquilstone Castle as it was described in Ivanhoe, ch. 21.

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