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Skinner's Close, Haddington
Skinner's Close, Haddington
Skinner's Close, Haddington

Skinner's Close, Haddington

Robert Alexander Dakers (1866-1954)

Oil on canvas, laid on board
unframed
40.2 x 32.8 cms, 16 x 13 inches

Robert A Dakers (1866-1954) was a well-known Haddington artist, a friend/tutor to Sir William Gillies, and editor of the Haddington Courier from the 1880's to 1918.
As you can see, the label on the back gives us the title as "Old Skinners Close, Haddington (now demolished)".
Dakers felt very strongly about the demolition of Old Haddington. Here is an extract from The Haddington Courier, 27th August, 1915.....
"More of Old Haddington Disappearing: Another portion of the Haddington of an older day is under demolition in Hardgate, where the quaint harled frontage of Skinner’s Close is being pulled down. The buildings clustered on the pretty extensive site have seen their day out, and must yield to the inevitable....As is usual, the old buildings in their later days, descended to meaner uses than those for which they were built, and they must now make way for newer things. There is, however, a satisfaction in knowing that their passing has been rendered necessary by sheer old age. The haddingtonian who appreciates the old world features of the burgh - so rapidly disappearing – will, however, view their disappearance with a regret which the promise of better things will not greatly palliate."
I went to the local archives to see if I could compare this painting of Skinner's Close, with other paintings or photos, however there does not seem to be any.


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