Adam Black Statue
Adam Black Statue
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,233 contributions
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Jan 2020
This impressive statue in bronze was erected in 1877 by well known sculptor John Hutcheson . The Statue carries a Category A listing as a British Listed Monument . Well worth a look if you are in the area .A well respected publisher in his time and twice held the office of Lord Provost of Edinburgh
Written January 25, 2020
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Malgorzata
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Oct 2019
When visiting Edinburgh, you will likely also be strolling around the Princess Street Gardens. There are many statues and monuments in it. There is one of them near the Scott Monument . It is a bronze statue of Adam Black. This statue on a sandstone plinth depicts Adam Black in his robes as Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Adam Black has his left hand on his hip, his right hand is held by his chest. Adam Black was born in Edinburgh in 1784. He was a politician and publisher. Blacks, his publishing house, acquired the copyright for the Britannica Encyclopedia , and in 1851 bought the copyright for Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. The statue was designed by Scottish sculptor John Hutchison.
Written September 14, 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,395 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
This is one of many statues on Princess Street. Adam Black was a former Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Liberal politician and reformer
Written January 29, 2020
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK7,140 contributions
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Oct 2019
Dress in his robes as Lord Provost of Edinburgh is a bronze statue of Adam Black (1784-1874). He was a liberal politician and reformer, at a time when parliamentary reform and suffrage was at the top of the political agenda. Blacks, his publishing house, acquired the copyright for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and in 1851 bought the copyright for Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels.
Written November 9, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,997 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Solo
This statue stands in tribute to Adam Black, a Scottish publisher, politician and twice Lord Provast of Edinburgh. In addition to his political career, his legacy included founding A & C Black publishing company that published the 7th, 8th and 9th editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The statue depicts a standing Adam Black where the official robe of Lord Provost of the Edinburgh. In his right hand he holds a scroll against o his chest. The statue stands atop a pedestal inscribed with his name and titles of his political career.
Written March 22, 2019
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malc1005
Kettering, UK5,209 contributions
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May 2021 • Couples
A nice statue to Adam Black, situated in the gardens, so easy to find. Well worth a visit, if your in the area.
Written May 8, 2021
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India2,942 contributions
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Mar 2019
The statue of Adam Black stands tall in the Princes street garden... He was a Scottish Publisher and Politician.. He was instrumental in publishing the 7th,8th and 9th editions of the encyclopedia Britannica ..
Written February 8, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,693 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Couples
The Adam Black statue is yet another statue! Edinburgh is literally full of them! However this is not a bad thing, but it's rather quite interesting and makes the city an even better place to visit. Adam Black was a Scottish publisher and politician. He published several editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica and also served as the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Lord Provost, for those who do not know, is another term for and similar to Lord Mayor, in Australia. This bronze statue was erected in 1877, and is located in East Princes Street Gardens. Worth a visit!
Written November 16, 2018
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,506 contributions
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Aug 2017
Visited the Adam Black statue last Sunday whilst on a day trip to Edinburgh.
The statue is situated at East Princess Street Gardens.
I was intrigued to learn that Adam Black was twice Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and represented the city in parliament from 1856 to 1865. Edinburgh has an abundance of statues and it's amazing what you can learn either from plaques, on or beside them, or from doing your own research after visiting.
Written September 1, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,049 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Family
This bronze statue on a sandstone plinth depicts Adam Black in his robes as Lord Provost of Edinburgh. He was a liberal politician and reformer, Scottish publisher and founder of A&C Black. He owned the copyright to the Encyclopedia and Walter Scott's Waverley novels. The memorial stands at East Princess Street Gardens.
Written June 25, 2017
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