Medium: albumen print Publication: Archibald Burns, Picturesque “Bits” from Old Edinburgh, Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh, 1868, pg 22 Helmut Gernsheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature, 1839-1875, Scolar Press, London, 1984, pg 62 Other Collections: Princeton Graphic Arts Collection, National Galleries of Scotland Notes: Archibald Burns was a photographer active in Edinburgh between 1858 and his death in the 1880. He provided photographs for the tourist trade and to illustrate books. The text in Picturesque "Bits" from Old Edinburgh (1st ed. 1868) emphasizes the architectural history of Scotland and the importance of photography in preserving the knowledge of fading vernacular styles and ends with a questions regarding the future of Scottish architecture. In 1871 he was appointed by the Edinburgh Improvement Trust to document an over-crowded slum area of the city after the buildings had been demolished in February 1871. (source: Luminous Lint). A view down the High Street, Edinburgh of buildings including John Knox's house. The house has an external staircase leading up to the first floor. A church building with ornately carved finials stands next to it and a large well head can be seen in the foreground. (source: www.capitalcollections.org.uk). John Knox House, popularly known as "John Knox's House", is an historic house in Edinburgh, Scotland, reputed to have been owned and lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century. Although his name became associated with the house, he appears to have lived in Warriston Close where a plaque indicates the approximate site of his actual residence. (source: Wikipedia).