Walter Geikie was deaf, dumb and colour blind. He was also a very gifted artist with a keen sense of humour and a talent for conveying expression, as this 1841 Grassmarket scene shows.
Through paintings, etchings and drawings Geikie captured both the city and its people as they went about their daily business. His portrayals of the poor are more sympathetic than typical representations of ordinary people at the time, which tended to be grotesque or moralising.
The importance of Geikie’s work is recognised in a major new exhibition at the City Art Centre.
If you’re unable to attend you can still get a close-up view of Geikie’s work via the online exhibition on Capital Collections and read more about his life in an illustrated biography on Our Town Stories.
The City Art Centre exhibition runs until March 2014.