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The City Art Centre, Edinburgh's principal municipal art gallery, is located in a handsome building in Market Street immediately south of Waverley Station. It houses the city's permanent fine-art collection and it is also the venue of a varied programme of temporary exhibitions. It is unique among British art galleries in that visitors are carried to the upper floors by escalator. The building dates from 1899, when it served first as a store for newsprint and later as a warehouse for fruit. In 1980, however, having been acquired by the City of Edinburgh, the building was beautifully and carefully converted to its present use.
The city's permanent fine-art collection comprises some 3,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, mostly by Scottish artists, ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. A.E. Hornel, J.H. Lorimer, J.D. Fergusson, S.J. Peploe, Sir W.G. Gillies, Anne Redpath, Sir Robin Philipson and Elizabeth Blackadder are among those represented. Many of the works came as a gift in 1964 from the Scottish Modern Arts Association, or have been purchased with the aid of a bequest made by the late Miss Jean F. Watson.
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