The drawings in the collection range from Playfair's student drawings, sketch designs and preliminary schemes, to many presentation drawings in watercolours. The earliest catalogued plans, elevations and sections relate to the commission to complete the University (the College of Edinburgh), 1817 onwards. The Advocates' Library, Royal Terrace, Regent Terrace, the National Gallery, the National Monument, and New College also feature in the collection. Other material relates to the Observatory, Edinburgh, and Dollar Academy and Bathgate Academy, and other commissions up to around 1849.
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Royal Terrace. William Henry Playfair Architectural Drawings, Coll-13/8. Edinburgh University Library Special Collections. http://lac-archives-live.is.ed.ac.uk:8081/repositories/2/archival_objects/54288 Accessed February 19, 2019.