Donaldson’s College was erected between 1842 and 1851 as a school for deaf children. The money for its construction and endowment was left by James Donaldson of Broughton Hall, a printer. The architect was William Playfair, and it was one of the largest public buildings erected in Edinburgh in the nineteenth century.
It encloses on all sides a very large quadrangle, has four square towers of four storeys at each corner, and, in the centre of the south front, a set of four octagonal five-storeyed towers, each 120 feet high. The whole structure is much decorated with buttresses and tall mullioned windows, and is reminiscent of the style which English architects created, late in the sixteenth and early in the seventeenth century.
The College opened in 1850, and from the start both hearing and deaf destitute children were given free tuition and lodgings. This continued until 1938 when the College merged with the Edinburgh Royal Institute for the education of the Deaf and Dumb.
I was commissioned to carry out an analysis of the paint in a number of areas.
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