Hidden talents of Capital’s naval guru to be showcased

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A NEW exhibition is set to showcase the work of Edinburgh’s true “Jack of all Trades”.

John Clerk of Eldin, who was best known for reshaping naval warfare in the 18th century, produced more than 100 landscape etchings over an eight-year period.

His works revealed his love of historical buildings, an enthusiasm shared with his closest friend and architect, Robert Adam. He travelled extensively throughout the UK as his etchings of Durham and Eddystone Lighthouse, near Plymouth, demonstrate. Clerk is renowned for his Essay of Naval Tactics, which helped develop British strategy during battles at sea. The exhibition opened at the City Art Centre this morning, and runs until February.

Councillor Richard Lewis, culture convener, said: “John Clerk of Eldin truly was a remarkable man. His talent appears to have known no bounds.

Having been credited with helping Nelson in his battles against the French, it’s breathtaking to think that, over two centuries later, we’re able to enjoy the product from yet another part of his colourful life.”