Edinburgh at Night looks alive with hustle and bustle here! If you are familiar with Princes Street, this painting evokes the wintery warmth of the shops ablaze with light as you head down The Mound. The low lying smokey fog brings atmosphere and charm to the painting of a city still referred to as “Auld Reekie”.⠀
“Capital by Night” is also known as “Edinburgh at night with Princes Street in the distance” and was painted in 1952 by (1862–1953). Wood was born in Berwick Upon Tweed and studied art at South Kensington Schools and the Academie Julian, Paris. His professional life went on to include tutoring in Art at Newcastle School of Art (1883 – 1889) and becoming head of Hawick School of Art (1889 -1899), after which, he stepped back from education and focused on his passion for Naval Art, becoming something of a favourite with The Royal Family. Known for his watercolour paintings, “Capital by Night” is something of a side step for Wood, as it was created in oil on canvas, and there is not a boat in sight! However, he did often work in Edinburgh, and his work was exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy, which can be seen as a dark silhouette to the left hand side.