Artist creates illustrated Edinburgh Alphabet

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Arthur’s Seat, Blue Blazer, Calton Hill… which of Edinburgh’s iconic sights would you feature in its A-Z? Illustrator and Glasgow School of Art graduate Rosemary Cunningham is currently creating her own Edinburgh Alphabet, and she’s looking for suggestions to help her fill in the blanks.

Cute and colourful, Rosemary’s fantastic drawings pay tribute to both major attractions and lesser-known haunts of the Scottish capital. So far, she’s captured Arthur’s Seat; the Blue Blazer, a traditional pub on Spittal Street; Calton Hill; the Dominion Cinema; the Elephant House café, where J. K. Rowling wrote part of the first Harry Potter book; Fleshmarket Close, which lent its name to an Ian Rankin novel; and the famous Greyfriar’s Bobby.

I’m intrigued to see which location will appear next… maybe the Palace of Holyroodhouse or the Hogwarts-esque school of George Heriot’s? Check out a few of Rosemary’s illustrations below, along with the brilliant Glasgow Alphabet she created in 2012:


Illustration of Calton Hill by Rosemary Cunningham
Illustration of Fleshmarket Close by Rosemary CunninghamIllustration of Greyfriar's Bobby by Rosemary Cunningham


Glasgow Alphabet © Rosemary Cunningham

Any suggestions for the remaining letters? Personally, I’d like to see Victoria Street, Jenners Department Store and Edinburgh Zoo’s resident pandas make the list. Rosemary will be posting one letter per day on her Facebook page throughout January and February; click ‘like’ to suggest your favourite locations, and check out her website and Etsy page for more of her Scotland-inspired designs.

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Sophie Cameron

Content Executive at VisitScotland
Originally from the Black Isle, Sophie lives in Edinburgh and spends most of her time reading, running and roaming around Scotland.