For this week’s artifical theme, I’ve chosen a photograph I took during a recent visit to Newhailes House in Musselburgh, Scotland. The house was built by the distinguished Scottish architect James Smith in 1686, and bought in the early 1700′s by Sir David Dalrymple, of the Scots legal and political dynasty, who were responsible for significant improvements and additions to the house and grounds.
The National Trust for Scotland recently acquired the house from the Dalrymple family and is working to conserve the house in such a way as to leave it as ‘untouched’ by modern hands as possible.
As you can see the windows aren’t real . . . this is because of a window tax that homeowners were forced to pay during the 17th and 18th centuries. Some houses from this period have bricked-up window-spaces to avoid paying the tax.